Amir asks ICC for second chance
Banned Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir hopes the International Cricket Council will grant him a reprieve to resume his career and play domestic cricket.
Amir, 21, was jailed for six months and banned for five years for his part in a spot-fixing betting scam in 2010.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will ask the ICC for a review of his ban on legal and compassionate grounds.
“Everyone gets a second chance in life. I pray the ICC will give me a second chance,” Amir told Reuters.
“What I did in 2010 was terrible and wrong and I have paid the price for it. I have lost my image and hurt my country and family.
“I have learnt my lessons and it has been frustrating not being able to play cricket which I love so much.
“It hurts because the ban is my own doing and my family has also suffered. I just want to rectify the big mistake I made then.”
Amir’s team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were also handed jail terms and bans for their role in the scandal which happened during Pakistan’s Test match against England at Lord’s in August 2010.
Tafazzul Rizvi, the PCB’s legal advisor, said they were trying to convince the ICC at their board meeting this weekend to allow fast bowler Amir, whose ban ends in 2015, to resume training at the board’s facilities in Lahore or even play some club or domestic cricket.
“We have sent a report to the ICC from a Queen’s Counsel (QC) we hired to look into the case and we are hoping it will help us plead our case strongly at the ICC meetings,” he added.
The PCB had raised Amir’s case at the last ICC meeting, after which the governing body formed a sub-committee, headed by England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke, to look into the issue. The sub-committee’s findings will also be discussed at the meeting in London, added Rizvi. (