The reprieve given to Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir in a spot-fixing scandal will encourage corrupt players to come clean and help maintain the game`s integrity, International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson said on Tuesday.
Disgraced Pakistan paceman Mohammad Aamir will be eligible to play international cricket as soon as his five-year ban ends on September 2 this year, former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi said on Monday.
Pakistan's banned former captain Salman Butt has said that those players who have been banned for spot fixing, have a right to try and make a comeback to international cricket once they complete their suspension period.
Pakistan`s cricket chief Saturday denied that Mohammad Amir is being fast-tracked back into international cricket after a five-year ban, saying he will be monitored "on and off the field" before his re-entry.
After months of speculation, Mohammad Amir has been cleared to play domestic cricket in Pakistan. The Pakistan fast bowler's ban for spot fixing was cut short for cooperation with anti-corruption officials, the International Cricket Council said on Thursday.
Acknowledging the receipt of PCB's request letter for tainted pacer Muhammad Aamir's early return to cricket, ICC CEO Dave Richardson on Monday said that the international body has taken note of the issue but the matter will take some time to get resolved.
Disgraced Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif is anguished and disappointed that some former cricketers are against the idea of letting players banned for spot-fixing return to the game after being reformed and rehabilitated.
Former Pakistan captain turned commentator Ramiz Raja on Wednesday criticised the lobbying for the return of paceman Mohammad Aamer, banned for spot-fixing, saying his return would expose the team to the "virus".
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan has informed disgraced former player Salman Butt that he would receive a letter in regard of completing his rehabilitationprogramme within the next couple of days.