Pakistan news February 26, 2012

Amir to focus on ICC ban appeal


Mohammad Amir is set to quickly start the process of trying to rescue his cricket career after returning to Pakistan following the completion of his sentence for spot-fixing. ESPNcricinfo understands that one of his early aims is to pursue his appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against the five-year ban handed out by the ICC.

Amir returned to Pakistan on Saturday after being released from a young offenders' institute in Dorset after serving half of a six-month sentence handed down in November. The CAS, based in Switzerland, registered Amir's appeal in March 2011 - filed at the same time as those of Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt - after an ICC tribunal had banned the trio from playing any level of cricket.

The CAS is yet to announce a panel to hear the appeal and that will only be formed once Amir takes the process further. The appeal has been delayed because of the criminal charges involved and the sentences imposed.

"It's only the CAS now, which has the right to hear the appeal against the decision," PCB legal advisor, Taffazul Rizvi told ESPNcricinfo. "And any decision made by CAS shall be binding on all."

The PCB is not liable to provide a player financial aid while they pursue a case before the CAS, but the PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has previously hinted that Amir would be given support while undergoing rehabilitation. "All offences against which the players were accused off were in their personal capacity for their personal acts so therefore they will face these (CAS) proceeding in their own personal capacity," added Rizvi.

"The cases will be handled in accordance with the procedural rules set out in the code of sports-related arbitration," CAS said in a statement when the appeals were lodged. "The parties will first exchange written submissions and will then be heard at a hearing, the date of which will be fixed at a later stage."

Amir will work with London-based solicitor Sajida Malik to draw up the appeal after Malik accompanied Amir back to Pakistan. Both avoided the media on their arrival in Lahore and remained shut away at Amir's home during the day.

The PCB are likely to put Amir into an education programme as part of his rehabilitation but are also keen to talk to him about the spot-fixing case. Under ICC regulations if a player who has been banned wants to return to cricket he must have gone through a rehabilitation course. As the PCB was his employer when the incidents occurred - Amir held a central contract - they can also decide to hold further investigations although Rizvi said it was a complicated process.

"As far as launching any further inquiry at this point that is something we need to look into," he said. "He has already been found guilty and sentenced from two different forums and is undergoing the sentences. It's not a simple matter and is legally complicated. But the PCB does hold the right to investigate the player."

Edited by Andrew McGlashan

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • dummy4fb on February 28, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    if we don't think about Amir and only think about Pakistan present needs, I think he should be back. Punishing him when there is more damage to Pakistan cricket team doesn't make sense. We are losing matches because of inadequate fast bowling. Some people are saying there is lot of talent in Pakistan, show me where are fast bowlers in Pakistan consistently bowling over 140 K ( swinging both ways - in and out)? Compare that to Australia where they have lots of fast bowler options and we simply don't.

  • farooq.ahmed.khan on February 28, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    we miss you amir bhai plzzzz plzzzz come back before world cup

  • pakcricketgirl on February 27, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    I hope he gets another chance even though his offense was great. Pakistan needs him to make their already considerably talented bowling attack, lethal. Best of luck Aamir!!!!!

  • Cricketon.ali on February 27, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    All of those ppl who think that Amir deserve a second chance either are too naive or they are just blind by share love of this game. Nature of Amir's offence is of such nature that no one in his/her right mind will ever ask him back. He betrayed his country, betrayed the game, betrayed the fans, his admirers and all for what for petty 30000£. If he was 30 years old I would have imagined that he is thinking beyond game now and has to think about his life after cricket but now at the age of 18. Its just criminal and pure greed. Looking at his life he had no responsibilities now.His brothers are well set. Family is not stable. Pakistan is not short of talent and team is doing gr8 without him or anyone like him. I strongly protest against the media hype or anyone who wants him back on team. He is a SHAME and DISGRACE to the game and to the country. Let him be a EXAMPLE for all who are in line for the national team. There is nothing more than the integrity of our country.

  • DaniMajo on February 27, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    best of luck Amir.and team Pakistan

  • dummy4fb on February 27, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Don't think he deserves a reprieve unless he issues a whole hearted apology to the Pakistani people. To me still seems like he believes he has done nothing wrong. Admission of guilt in a public press conference should be the first step towards his rehabilitation.

  • Misbah_Roxx on February 27, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Despite of he being young, talented etc, he has been a disgrace to Pakistan. ICC did well to take measures to HOPEFULLY end his career. I will be most happy if he stays out. We have other bowlers in our circuit, and ppl should back them rather than these fixers......AND do Not Forget, Pakistan cricket is on the ascendency......CHEERS :)

  • Noball_Specialist on February 27, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    I think his age was already factored into his sentencing. No leniency should be given for him now. Every cricketer regardless of age knows not to cheat. Lots of other cricketers have emerged from poor backgrounds and havent cheated. It is appreciated that the incompetant leaders at the PCB do not pay as well as they should but he would have had a long career to be financially rewarded. I think people are getting blurred by the fact that he was such a promising talent and they shouldn't - since if he were lesser nobody would be pushing for a sentence reduction etc. I think the line needs to be drawn clearly here. However, the speed at which the PCB ditch their players when in time of need is shocking - but not suprising because of that imcompetantcy again.

  • leon7766 on February 27, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    If an English player did this Im pretty sure that 99% of the public would not want him to ever play for England again .Also pretty certain he never would

  • dummy4fb on February 27, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    plz plz plz amir come back for pakistan

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