Pakistan news February 26, 2012

Amir to focus on ICC ban appeal

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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • on February 27, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    plz plz plz amir come back for pakistan

  • 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

  • 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

  • on February 27, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    plz plz plz amir come back for pakistan

  • on February 27, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Although, he made whole nation ashamed. but no doubt he was a excellent tallent. Every one should deserved a second chance. hope his sancations will be reduced and he would be apperad again as a fair cricketer

  • on February 27, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Best of luck for Aamir. PAK team need him..... PCB should fight for him

  • on February 27, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Best of Luck Aamir Back in Action before WC 2015

  • koldmeat on February 27, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    ICC must lift his ban. He has taken his punishment.

  • on February 27, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Considering his age he shud be given another chance to serve his country..yes he committed a crime and fer tht he was sent to jail,but he is a free man now!!he can not be punished twice fer the same crime!!

  • on February 27, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    shouldn't the ban be lifted from him ?

  • on February 27, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    he admited his guilty so plz forgive him instedad of giving punishment for his truth....he is a genuine quicky i love him so much plz .............allow him to play for pakistan ...again...

  • kex196 on February 27, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Cricket is bread and butter for Aamir so he must be allowed play domestic,BPLs and BBs, but not international cricket. Must be kept away from it so others also learn.......

  • on February 27, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Amir we realy miss u, and we need you in Pakistani team urgently, we request to ICC please forgive him because he knows that he did a very big mistake and he will remember this for all his rest of life. He is star of Asia not only for Pakistan. so Please...............

  • drnaveed on February 27, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    he went for the illegal short cut,and so had to pay the price,not in the end but in the beginning of his career.it is not that young players are easy pray for those spot fixers, young players are in every team,but they dont do such disgraceful things that he did.he betrayed his Country,his team,his family and in the end himself.Pakistan and its cricket suffered heavily after that incident.but this TEAM,full credit to them, faught that gloomy period with great performances in the field.we have have done well without him, and we can do it even further.he is still young,so there are chances he will again fall into the trap.yes ,h eis serious, that he will not involved in any such activity again,than should be given a second ,but last chance.

  • AmjadZork on February 27, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    I wish Amir's Ban is reduced to 2 years only !!!

  • on February 27, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Life Ban for all three players

  • on February 27, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Amir is an asset of pakistan .He should come back in teem as soon as possible.

  • on February 27, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    EVERY ONE WILL WAIT FOR HIS RETURN AND HOPE HE WONT REPEATS MISTAKE AND HOPE HE WILL NEVER BALL A NO-BALL OR WIDE BALL IN HIS CAREER IF HE RETURNS TO INTERNATIONAL CRICKET OTHERWISE HIS NO-BALL OR WIDE BALL WILL BE HAUNT HIS PAST ERRORS....

  • Riz81 on February 27, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    Instead of wasting time and money on appeals, I think Aamer should serve his ban and then earn his place back in the side. That is the only way he could truly vindicate himself from his past mistakes.

  • Kamcricfan on February 27, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    why in the world would somebody want amir to return to pak cricket, he has been an integral part of pakistan's embarrassment remember !!! he may have huge potential but what he has done is just unforgivable not to mention he has done all this just for few bucks he could have earned a lot more with respect & dignity.

  • on February 27, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    I wish Amir to bounce back in to the 11 men squad very soon with his very good bowlling attack!

  • fan_of_good_cricket on February 27, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    I hope to see him playing again very soon. Remember ICC ban was imposed almost immediately after that bad incident. Later on, it was clearly revealed that he was forced into doing this by his senior team mates. Even judge acknowledged this fact in his verdict. If the ban of 5 years was for intentional involvement (as ICC must have thought initially), then I believe that the ban for forced involvement should not be more than 2 years. ICC should reconsider this and should allow him to play again this year.

  • bouncer3459 on February 27, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Shame on you Amir. You SOLD your NATION for few thousand pounds. You deserve all the humiliation and Disgrace that you are going through. You should have been placed garlands of torn shoes and sat on a donkey and taken across the town on a ride, so that people know what its like for people who sell their motherland's pride. I hope you are never allowed on a cricket field again and suffer the disgrace all through your life.

  • on February 27, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    hope he will be back with no illegal activity in his mind bess u

  • Sprit_of_Cricket on February 27, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    PCB should back up amir and also set the example that if anyone found guilty they should take all the assets including their property which they built being as a star of nations and donate to local academies to improve their structure so that everyone one knows if they found guilty they will be on a same point where they started. For the amir case I believe that on a one off occasion they should fight for it to CAS and resolve it because it's a first time that a rising star got involve because of less educational structure in PCB for these sort of controversies. For amir.... Dude we will forget what u did on the basis of the truth u come out and feel regret from the bottom of ur heart. I didn't like what u people did because it was the month of Ramadan and you guys bet. Hope the God forgive you what u have done and what shame u have bought to ur country.

  • Sinhabahu on February 27, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    What a tragedy for someone of his immense talent. Hope he makes a comeback soon and that he has learnt his lesson.

  • on February 27, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    As an Australian, I can honestly say that I hope Amir is back before too long, and I hope he has learned his lesson...

  • Dashgar on February 27, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    I look forward to seeing him back after 5 years but I don't think theres any way he'll get the ban reduced. He did wrong, he needs to do his time.

  • jazee on February 26, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    We all need to know that this is the first time he got caught. There is very good probability that he may have done it before. Move on people.

  • CRICALLi on February 26, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    Someone should try to sponsor this very talented young man so that he can further his studies while waiting to play again. This will give him renewed confidence in himself as a human being. Also, His ban on cricket does not mean he cannot play another sport like Base ball, Lawn tennis, Squash etc; this will certainly keep him fit in the meantime. Who knows maybe he can become a star in one of these sports. You cant wait to live life; you must do so now with the opportunities/possibilities that are before u Now!!! Covey the wise, once said that ...'the past is history, the future is a mistery, the present is a gift; use it wisely'.

  • wc1992 on February 26, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HIM BOWLING AGAIST england ........AND GETTNG 5

  • on February 26, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Hope to see you soon in action

  • on February 26, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Cricketing World is missing a born genius in action. There are many more sins in this world, please Let this kid go, He learned his lesson for sure and will bring great excitement to world of cricket. my wishes and prayers are with you Aamir, Come back soon to entertain us with your swing.

    Cheers, P

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 26, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    ICC should forgive AMIR & gave him last & final opportunity to play international cricket...he is a real talent...less education & childish brain was the main factor of that incident...he deserve one last chance to prove himself a future star...6 months imprisonment & 2 years ban is enough for him coz his guilt was only to delivered 2 no ball on captain demand at particular stage but not for money...BUTT & ASIF r the main culprit & making so much money from this thats why increase ban on them but for AMIR lift his ban as soon as possible plz otherwise the gentlemen game will surely miss a marvelous talent...

  • on February 26, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    I miss you Amir bahi. Hope to see you back soon...:(

  • on February 26, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    ITS ENOGH, HIS BAN SHOULD NOW BE REDUCED TO 2 OR AT MOST 3 YEARS, SO HE COULD COME BACK IN THE SIDE. I HOPE THAT HE WILL REMEMBER THIS LESSEN FOR ALL HIS REST OF LIFE.

  • El_Toro_Loco on February 26, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Can't wait to see him back in action before the WC 2015.....

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    The Case against Mohammad Amir is not simple as the ICC must have sold proofs before they banned him from cricket.

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Amir we are with U jst look on your game and left all the things

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Am I only one who thinks that sentence from the two forums is enough, and PCB doesn't need to investigate further - rehabilitation program is a good idea; an educational program before the saga wud've been even better!

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    amir should focus on his bowling and batting and comeback after his bann is completed as an allrounder and play for pakistan once again and show the world how much potential he has!

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Very Nyc to hear about Amir's Return It will be all okay In Sha Allah :)

    Best of luck Dude :) May u live long, hope for a best career ahead :)

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    I think Mohammed Amir should be given an opportunity to play again, as far as his punishment in involving of spot fixing scandal, he did not play a major role and overall he is an immature cricketer, he is around just 19 yrs old now, apart from that he has already followed the punishment of almost 16 months of avoiding to play cricket that should be enough for him. ICC should look and consider his honesty though he was involved and he accepted his mistakes and he learned from that so ICC can lift ban on playing cricket for Mohammed Amir. He is very honest, punctually followed punishment. Countries like South Africa, England, Australia, should support to Mohammed Amir as he follows the punishment of ban and shown his dignity.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Not sure what grounds he has for appeal giving he was convicted in a criminal trial. Maybe they can increase his ban though?

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  • on February 26, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Not sure what grounds he has for appeal giving he was convicted in a criminal trial. Maybe they can increase his ban though?

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    I think Mohammed Amir should be given an opportunity to play again, as far as his punishment in involving of spot fixing scandal, he did not play a major role and overall he is an immature cricketer, he is around just 19 yrs old now, apart from that he has already followed the punishment of almost 16 months of avoiding to play cricket that should be enough for him. ICC should look and consider his honesty though he was involved and he accepted his mistakes and he learned from that so ICC can lift ban on playing cricket for Mohammed Amir. He is very honest, punctually followed punishment. Countries like South Africa, England, Australia, should support to Mohammed Amir as he follows the punishment of ban and shown his dignity.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Very Nyc to hear about Amir's Return It will be all okay In Sha Allah :)

    Best of luck Dude :) May u live long, hope for a best career ahead :)

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    amir should focus on his bowling and batting and comeback after his bann is completed as an allrounder and play for pakistan once again and show the world how much potential he has!

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Am I only one who thinks that sentence from the two forums is enough, and PCB doesn't need to investigate further - rehabilitation program is a good idea; an educational program before the saga wud've been even better!

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Amir we are with U jst look on your game and left all the things

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    The Case against Mohammad Amir is not simple as the ICC must have sold proofs before they banned him from cricket.

  • El_Toro_Loco on February 26, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Can't wait to see him back in action before the WC 2015.....

  • on February 26, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    ITS ENOGH, HIS BAN SHOULD NOW BE REDUCED TO 2 OR AT MOST 3 YEARS, SO HE COULD COME BACK IN THE SIDE. I HOPE THAT HE WILL REMEMBER THIS LESSEN FOR ALL HIS REST OF LIFE.

  • on February 26, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    I miss you Amir bahi. Hope to see you back soon...:(