International Cricket Council (ICC) on 29 January 2015 lifted the five-year ban imposed on Pakistan’s fast bowler Mohammad Amir. With this, Amir can now play in domestic cricket under the auspices of the Pakistan Cricket Board with immediate effect.
This decision to lift the five-year ban, which was due to end on 2 September 2015, was taken during two-day board meeting of ICC in Dubai.
The decision to lift the ban was taken after Sir Ronnie Flanagan, the Chairman of Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) exercised his discretion to allow Mohammad Amir to return to domestic cricket.
He exercised his discretion under Article 6.8 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code with prior approval of the ICC Board and the Pakistan Cricket Board.
He exercised this power after being satisfied that Amir had cooperated with the ACSU by fully disclosing his part in the matters that led to his disqualification, admitting his guilt, showing remorse and cooperating with the Unit’s ongoing investigations and by recording messages for the ACSU education sessions.
Mohammad Amir was jailed and banned for a spot fixing scam that he committed during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010. He was jailed and banned along with Mohammad Asif and the then Captain of Pakistan Salman Butt.
The trio was convicted of taking bribes from a bookmaker to under-perform in a Test match at Lord's Cricket Ground, London.
Asif was banned from cricket for seven years (two suspended) and Butt for 10 years (five suspended) after both were found guilty at Southwark Crown Court in London.
When: 29 January 2015