Spot-fixing controversy

Amir will not appeal ICC ban

Umar Farooq

March 1, 2012

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Mohammad Amir arrives in Pakistan, February 8, 2011
Legal experts said they believed the possibility of a successful outcome was reduced by Mohammad Amir pleading guilty © AFP

Mohammad Amir, the Pakistan fast bowler, has decided not to appeal, in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the five-year ban imposed on him by the ICC for spot-fixing during the 2010 Lord's Test against England.

"Amir told the ICC earlier this week through his lawyer that he would not be appealing against his five-year ban," an ICC spokesman told ESPNcricinfo.

The decision was taken after legal experts said they believed the possibility of a successful outcome was reduced by Amir pleading guilty before the ICC and a London court. Last November, Amir and team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were given sentences for bowling deliberate no-balls during the Test.

Amir pleaded guilty and did not contest his case in London's Southwark Crown Court. He returned home on Sunday, nearly a month after being released from Portland Young Offenders Institution in Dorset, where he had served half of a six-month sentence for his part in the spot-fixing scam. He is currently serving his ICC ban, which ends in 2015.

At the trial, the judge Mr Justice Cooke, said Amir was "unsophisticated, uneducated and impressionable" and "readily leant on by others".

Amir, who returned with his London-based solicitor Sajida Malik, hasn't yet spoken about his future. In the meantime, the PCB said it was keen to rehabilitate him till he serves his ban.

The PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf insisted that Amir was still an asset and a world-class bowler. "We will consider him for selection once his ban is over," Ashraf said in Islamabad after the governing board meeting.

The PCB is likely to involve Amir in an education programme, but is also keen to talk to him about the spot-fixing case. Under ICC regulations, a player who has been banned must go through a rehabilitation course before returning to cricket.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by Anuradha_anu on (March 4, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

Wise decision. Becuase in view of his admission in the criminal trial his senence can be enhanced in Apeal. Good that he did not take the risk.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 4, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

So he is out of contentiion till 2015. In the meanwhile Sadaf Hussain, Mohd.Talha are more young options. Move on. get over Gul and W.Riaz.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

Amir has really shown maturity in his decisions of not appealing and following the plea. He has now understood his mistakes fully and wants to resume his career without making such mistakes again. I am also desparate to see him action again.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2012, 1:17 GMT)

We should know why this happen to amir i think in other teams there are lot of player who did the same thing and no one know he should be back in Pakistan team because this kind of bowlers is hard to find and icc ban him 4 5 years I wish he come back and swo hi honesty 4 great Pakistan where we really need many honest peopls. Googluck amir.

Posted by Biggus on (March 3, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

Oh go away Amir. I would be happy not to see him on a cricket ground again. Yes he was young but he continued to deny any involvement in the affair long after it had become apparent that the allegations were very real. I believe his only regret is that he was caught. He is opportunistic and lacking in any real moral values. Pakistan produces enough wonderful talent, especially in the fast bowling department, to not have to resort to selecting such characters. World cricket has to act decisively to cut this cancer from the game and we should not be swayed by soft thinking. Some will talk about forgiveness, and to these people I put this proposition:-If your accountant embezzled your money you might well chose to forgive him if he showed remorse (Amir has not in any meaningful sense) but would you chose that same person to take care of your money again? Not a chance, I would suggest.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

As a Pakistani i should say that ICC should think on his ban & remove the ban . Because after now he will not do any mistake in his career. But i wills ay that Aamir should complete his ban & learn a lesson from it .

Posted by   on (March 2, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Amir has lost 5 precious years of what could have been a glittering start to a promising career.Nevertheless i hope he comes back as a better player and more importantly as a better person.ALL THE BEST AMIR

Posted by   on (March 2, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

ALLAH TALLAH, give us so many chances to come back why not ICC and PCB to Amir, Yes he did wrong but yaar move on, can't wait to see AMIR BOWLING AGINST INDIA IN TEST MATCHES..........................

Posted by Statsguru on (March 2, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

May b he has signed a deal with ICC.. hope his ban is reduced by ICC.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Mohammad Amir, the Pakistan fast bowler accepted his mistake and he is too young but remember any flexibility with him will encourage youngster in future we must remember Amir initially denied all charges but after a long time he accepted there are many dots in behind the story although as a Pakistani we must have shocked to lost such a fine bowler but it is a matter of Pakistion respect and dignity so why, The PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf insisted that Amir was still an asset and a world-class bowler. "We will consider him for selection once his ban is over," Ashraf said in Islamabad after the governing board meeting. my personal opinion is please see Pakistan respects and dignity first, no one superior even most talented also I like to say why Shoib Malik consider to be Pakistan future captain what is his performances? why PCB wish to select him with one innings after ten ? why PCB not intend to trace young cricketer? I leaving this all questions for you......please think

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