Pakistan news July 1, 2013

Amir could be allowed PCB training facilities

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A five-member ICC sub-committee, which was set up after the 2013 annual conference to review the anti-corruption code, will also look into relaxing certain conditions of the five-year ban imposed on Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir after the spot-fixing scandal of 2010. While the most stringent stipulations of the ban will still remain, the PCB has requested the ICC to consider a few concessions, especially with regard to Amir using the board's facilities for training.

A PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo: "The ICC, during the annual conference week, constituted a five-member committee that will review and recommend amendments to the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, and on recommendation from the PCB, will also provide its suggestions to the ICC board on the ban related to Mohammad Amir." The ICC was unwilling to the reveal who would comprise the sub-committee.

Regardless of the recommendation from the committee, Amir will not be able to play any kind of club, domestic, or international cricket and will not train with the national team. The only significant allowance that could be made is that he regain access to the training facilities offered by the PCB.

ESPNcricinfo understands that the PCB made the request to the ICC only because Amir had complied with conditions of the ban: not committing any further breach of the anti-corruption code and undergoing the ICC's educational and rehabilitation programme. Amir will be available for national selection from September 3, 2015, and the PCB sought the relaxation of some terms so that he could be ready to play as soon as his ban ends, rather than spend more months in training.

Amir had not been aware of the PCB's request but seemed content with anything that would help him return to cricket. He hasn't been doing full-fledged training but has kept himself in good shape. By the time he completes his ban he will be 23. "I will come hard despite the five-year in-activeness," Amir had told ESPNcricinfo last year. "I want to come back with my head held high, with a new spirit and as a role model."

Salman Butt, the Pakistan captain who was banned for ten years by the ICC on charges of spot-fixing during the Lord's Test in 2010, had made a similar request in a personal capacity two days before the ICC's annual conference. His case, however, was not accepted as it was believed that Butt had not fully complied with the ICC's conditions.

Butt had recently taken the first step in his rehabilitation by publicly admitting to and apologising for his part in the spot-fixing scandal. He also indicated his willingness to participate in the PCB and ICC's rehabilitation programmes. Five out of Butt's ten-year ban from any cricketing activities were to be a suspended sentence on condition that he would commit no further breach of the anti-corruption code and participate in a PCB-controlled anti-corruption education programme.

Of the three players banned by the ICC before the criminal trial began in London - fast bowler Mohammad Asif being the third - only Amir had pleaded guilty to the charges at the Southwark Crown Court. Both Butt and Asif had pleaded not guilty and appealed their bans at the Court of Arbitration in Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on July 1, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    That is a very good news for Pakistan cricket as far as they are concerned. I would completely agree with the views of ChrisKOTW. Amir has paid his debts indeed. And he should be brought back in to cricket by the end of his agreed punishment period. Pakistan cricket has been in turmoil for quite a while now, which is a shame. this is perhaps the boost to our cricketing future since quite a lot of young people have completely lost faith in Pakistan Cricket team in the process ,with no international cricketing activities fairly playing its vital role equally. I hope the boy learnt his lesson, and every other young talent that is new to the cricketing world. Wish you the best of Luck Pacy! Make your nation proud!

  • on July 18, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Junaid Khan is better than Amir check out the stats

  • on July 3, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    amir was pressurized by salman and asif in the spot fixing scandal in england .....he should be forgiven as pak need him to come back and replace wahab riaz... who is the only bowling weak link compared to junaid and irfan

  • Zahid-Bajwa on July 2, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    I think he should be given one more chance to play for Pakistan

  • t20cric on July 2, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    It's fair for Amir to get access to training facilities becauses he accepted his mistake immediately. I don't think his ban should be decreased though because if that happens then future players being caught in spot fixing will be in hope of decreasing their bans because of M. Amir. Anyways he did do spot-fixing and he deserves punishment for it,

  • Headbandenator on July 2, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    The other two senior figures should have received a lot heavier punishments as they were guilty of leading on a vulnerable impressionable child. If Amir plays before the other two are considered, I believe that is fair. We must all be clear on one thing though. It makes NO difference that Pakistan's chances in world cricket will be better served with Amir in the team - the same sanction should apply to the worst players as well as potentially the best ones.

  • shillingsworth on July 2, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    @Moizullah Malik - Amir maintained his innocence throughout the ICC disciplinary hearing in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. You are right that he didn't actually mislead the authorities since his pathetic attempt to do so was doomed to failure. There are plenty of talented, honest players out there. The idea that allowing a cheat to play is for the 'betterment of cricket' is absurd.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on July 2, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Brilliant idea from Chucky Doll!

  • on July 2, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    his ban should be atleast 3 or 4 years

  • on July 2, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    great news for world cricket

  • on July 1, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    That is a very good news for Pakistan cricket as far as they are concerned. I would completely agree with the views of ChrisKOTW. Amir has paid his debts indeed. And he should be brought back in to cricket by the end of his agreed punishment period. Pakistan cricket has been in turmoil for quite a while now, which is a shame. this is perhaps the boost to our cricketing future since quite a lot of young people have completely lost faith in Pakistan Cricket team in the process ,with no international cricketing activities fairly playing its vital role equally. I hope the boy learnt his lesson, and every other young talent that is new to the cricketing world. Wish you the best of Luck Pacy! Make your nation proud!

  • on July 18, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Junaid Khan is better than Amir check out the stats

  • on July 3, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    amir was pressurized by salman and asif in the spot fixing scandal in england .....he should be forgiven as pak need him to come back and replace wahab riaz... who is the only bowling weak link compared to junaid and irfan

  • Zahid-Bajwa on July 2, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    I think he should be given one more chance to play for Pakistan

  • t20cric on July 2, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    It's fair for Amir to get access to training facilities becauses he accepted his mistake immediately. I don't think his ban should be decreased though because if that happens then future players being caught in spot fixing will be in hope of decreasing their bans because of M. Amir. Anyways he did do spot-fixing and he deserves punishment for it,

  • Headbandenator on July 2, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    The other two senior figures should have received a lot heavier punishments as they were guilty of leading on a vulnerable impressionable child. If Amir plays before the other two are considered, I believe that is fair. We must all be clear on one thing though. It makes NO difference that Pakistan's chances in world cricket will be better served with Amir in the team - the same sanction should apply to the worst players as well as potentially the best ones.

  • shillingsworth on July 2, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    @Moizullah Malik - Amir maintained his innocence throughout the ICC disciplinary hearing in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. You are right that he didn't actually mislead the authorities since his pathetic attempt to do so was doomed to failure. There are plenty of talented, honest players out there. The idea that allowing a cheat to play is for the 'betterment of cricket' is absurd.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on July 2, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Brilliant idea from Chucky Doll!

  • on July 2, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    his ban should be atleast 3 or 4 years

  • on July 2, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    great news for world cricket

  • YorkshirePudding on July 2, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Really this is the thin edge of the wedge, first training facilities, then playing for affiliated sides, then a request to allow him back to play FC games, then back to play in the 2015 WC.

    He was banned from playing associated cricket, that means he shouldnt have access to any Board run facilities.

  • keptalittlelow on July 2, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Despite committing the crime physically, because of his young age and the pressures from the senior culprits Amir definitely was the innocent victim of the whole saga. He deserves whatever liniency he can get.

  • on July 2, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    great news for amir n amir lovers..he really deserves a chance..and its great step by icc..

  • on July 2, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    The very first thing is that Aamir accepted his fault and publicly apologised,he didn't mislead the investigating authorities. He was very young,immature and was trapped by his seniors who were very much aware of the consequences of the crime when it was being committed. He hails from a very humble background.

    His ban should be immediately reduced and he should be allowed to use PCB's training facilities so that he remains fit to play for his team whenever he completes his ban.

    Atlast for the betterment of cricket, it should not loose a talented kid like aamir.

    From India...

  • SaadRocx on July 2, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    He Deserves another chance..he can be the Best Bowler in the WORLD..can challenge the likes of Dale Steyn and Jimmy Anderson..im pretty sure.

  • din7 on July 2, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Nice to hear most comments in favour of second chance for him....I think his ban shld be reduced to 3 yrs..he has already completed 2yrs 4mnth i guess...8mnths from now he shld be let off..and given a 2nd chance....he deserves it...he was just 18 whn he commited it....and that age evry1 commits some mistakes...and that too he did because of his captain and some senior players who persuade him to do it..also he comes from a poor background...all this things shld be taken into consideration....it would be unfair if he completes same punishment as butt and asif....who shl have been banned for life! And above punishment shld be to make a person better not to destroy him and he has got tht at such an early age...so i would just request icc plz slash the ban to 3 yrs..so cricket wont lose such an amazing talent.....

  • on July 2, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Though Amir had perpetuated the crime 3 years ago, he has publicly apologized. 5 year ban is a no little punishment. I hope he stays match fit when the ban is lifted. There is a dearth of genuine fast bowlers now a days. Batting is increasingly becoming monotonous in absence of bowlers like Wasim, Waqar, Ambrose, Walsh,Donald etc. Bring on this kid

  • on July 2, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    I think ICC should give him a 1 chance becoz he deserve it. He is a great bowler and i know if he return to international cricket again he will again rock the world with their bowling. So i request ICC plzzzz forgive him and allow him to play cricket.

  • on July 2, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    One of the best left arm bowlers i have ever seen.... its really disappointing to see such a thing happening to a young and talented lad like Amir.. Pakistan would have done wonders in major games if Amir and Asif was there and they would have reached more victories and glories if these two didnt face this unfortunate situation..... ICC i guess should reconsider its decision and at least get this lad back playing for his country for the betterment of the game!!!! From Colombo SL....

  • hotcric01 on July 2, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    He won't do that mistake again.Give young lad to a second chance.Hadn't he banned,he would have been the best fast bowler of the world right now.(At leat in the test format)

  • on July 2, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    This guy deserves a second chance. Good luck from India.

  • ChuckyDoll on July 2, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Life ban is not the right punishment. Play-without-pay is the right punishment. All their earnings should go towards a list of charities approved by the ICC.

  • Siva_Bala75 on July 2, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    Amir needs a one off concession; he deserves it. He was so young when he did the crime. He should be allowed the PCB facilities. Also, he should be allowed to play domestic matches outside Pakistan- say either in India, England or Australia. The basic objective of all punishments should be to make the guilty a better man.

  • on July 2, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    I don't think he will be as dangerous as he was when he first began.icc should have reduced his ban to 4 years so he would have had a chance to participate in world cup.

  • regofpicton on July 2, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    It is an absolute tragedy that such an amazing talent should be going to waste. Obviously, he did serious wrong. But he has already paid seriously for that.

    I hadn't realised that half of Butt's 10 year ban was "suspended", so it was really only a five year ban. If you keep that in mind it means that Amir's youth and inexperience, and his guilty plea, count for nothing in practical terms.

    I hope the ICC's subcommittee can see their way to being generous, perhaps by suspending the lasy year of two of Amir's sentence. Cricket would be the winner!

  • Hanuman1206 on July 1, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    I think this kid must given a second chance so this is excellent decision by Pak Cricket board. He was just 17 or 18 year old when he got into the fixing primarily because of seniors, they've just misguided him and as a kid he got carried away. He is such a gifted bowlerso he shouldn't be deprived just because of one mistake which he never intended to commit. I wish him excellent cricketing career, he may become world's best bowler soon after he start playing again.

  • Zahidsaltin on July 1, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    A ban should have an attached relaxation of allowing training and playing non first class matches in the last year of the ban. Even prisoners get relaxations towards end of their periode. It's neccessary for the convicted to get in to the normal life as soon as the serving periode is over.

  • Zahidsaltin on July 1, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    I am against Life ban because it is a biased thing. Just imagin if a 38 years old commit such crime and gets life ban vs a 19 year old commit same crime and getting life ban. It is actually motivating them to do the fixing towards end of your playing life.

  • disco_bob on July 1, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    If there is a relaxing of the ban on Amir there should be a concomitant increase in the ban on Butt and Asif for the three years of lying. It is ironic that after both Butt and Asif actively denying it for three years for the purpose of further defrauding the CAS, that in fessing up, Butt has got the jump on Asif and in a sense betrayed the unspoken pact of denial, thus Butt has left Asif in the invidious position of still being a 'no ball' denier.

  • SwaggyPaki on July 1, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    I agree with the_blue_android. I hope he comes back some day, and I hope he some how is successful. I honestly dont think he can ever be the bowler he was before.

  • Nutcutlet on July 1, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    @Harmony111: thank you for sharing the workings of your heart & mind over the dilemma presented by Amir's case. I agree with your conclusion & just as importantly, how you reached it. I think it's tragic that a great talent such as Amir's has been arrested when the cricketing world could have, indeed, should have, been at his feet. And for that reason in particular I am heavily judgemental of his captain (and being heavily judgemental about anyone does not sit easy with me). Butt manipulated the young Amir & in his postion as the nation's captain in a country that must have been strange & disorientating for his young charge, Butt had Amir just where he wanted him. He, Amir, would do what his captain asked, anxious to please his role model. As someone who loves our game & wants the best for it in all countries, I hope that Amir can successfully resume his career after his ban & equally, I wouldn't let Salman Butt anywhere near the cricketing fraternity anywhere in the world for decades.

  • on July 1, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Salman butt & Mohd Asif will never be forgiven to spoit such a talent like Amir.I don't think ICC will relax regulations for him he will wait for next 2 years and has to becoz the crime he has done is not acceptable. wish him best luck for his future after 5 years not sure either he will be so lethal as he was in 2010

  • kc69 on July 1, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    This move by PCB was definitely on the cards. Not only in this case but if talent is concerned anyone who makes it to the national side is definitely talented. But inturn it sends completely a wrong message. Which will henceforth enable every youngster below 18 to earn money through fixing and after 18 get back to normal cricket. I completely disagree with this move because one rotten apple can spoil the whole lot. Pakistan have a lot of talented players than him.

  • on July 1, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    A crime is a crime no matter how small it is but what can be done is relaxation.I think he should now be allowed to play in domestic cricket and as a punishment take him to all the tours make him watch from the sidelines.It is the biggest punishment for a sportsman to make him watch a game he loves. Although i would have love to watch him and Asif bowl what a loss not only for Pakistani cricket but cricket in general.The Pakistan tour of England highlight was these two destroying the English lineup .And at one time they were on the brink of finishing Cooks carrer because he was getting out so easily to them . I hope i would see Amir bowl again as soon as possible ideally also Asif but he would be way past his prime by then

  • wibblewibble on July 1, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Mohd Amir was a victim as well as perpetrator in this, he was severely let down by his captain. Since it happened he's been contrite and honest about what he did. If he serves his ban in full he should be welcomed back in to cricket and given his co-operation he should be allowed to resume training.

    In football and athletics, drug cheats are allowed to train whilst banned, in F1 they tried to ban Flavio Briatore from all F1 activities after he fixed the Singapore GP, but the courts in France ruled that was illegal. Net bowling and access to the PCB coaches and support staff should be fine for Amir, just no actual cricket.

  • Harmony111 on July 1, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Given the huge talent Mohd Amir had, it hurts to see that he will be out of cricket for many many years, however long that is. A question of heart and mind. The heart wants to overlook his offense or to at least mitigate it a bit but the mind says that it was too big an offense to be ignored or mitigated. The mind says that he was an adult and that's it. The heart says that he was indeed an adult but only just. How many 19 years olds are actually adults? When I was a 19 year old I was still only a kid and the world was too big for me to understand. I was a bit gullible myself. And at least I had a reasonably good education. Amir doesn't even have that. His grasp was even feebler. Once again the mind says that he ought to have known what was wrong with what he was doing, irrespective of his background. Gullible as I was as a 19 year old, I did not commit any crime in those days. I think this settles it. Mohd Amir deserves no relaxation in ban duration. He must start afresh.

  • markatnotts on July 1, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    As someone has said he, will not be back playing in organised first class/ pro cricket any time soon. But as a neutral (English), I would like to see him again playing for Pakistan after the ban expires. Given his youth I also agree with some clemency compared to the other parties involved, and hopefully he will be allowed to use the training facilities soon. All the best Amir.

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on July 1, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    OK, maybe you can't blame everything on youth and naivety, but I think there's more than enough reasons to give this guy another chance. And I'm not a Pakistan supporter.

  • ThyrSaadam on July 1, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    I think as much as Aamir does not deserve not to play cricket, he must serve the ban. Unfortunately for him, but for the sake of Pakistan and world cricket he should serve out the ban otherwise a wrong message will got out to perpetrators. Ehy not have him train in "un"oficially sanctioned training facilities while PCB have some trainer hover around him to make sure he is fully fit once he has served his ban?

  • on July 1, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    I haven't seen much of him and being an Indian I can definitely say that I am not biased. But I really think he was very young and he should get the benefit of that. If Butt's ban can be reduced to 5 from 10 then why the bias against Amir? I would have liked Butt get a life ban coz he got them into all this. All I would like is that they relax his ban for a year or at-least 6 months only for domestic cricket so he can be match fit for international cricket by the end of 5 years. I would of course also like to watch Asif bowl again but that is a biased view since I am a big fan. Of course Pakistan will never miss them as they produce pace bowers like anything. But still its good to see as many sportsmen as our countries have a very low ratio of them. Cheers.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 1, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    As much as i hate him for betraying my country and the sport i love the most, i have some sympathies for him because of his age. it was easy to get trapped in such a fragile age. He became the easiest prey for other big crocodiles. I think ICC should reduce his ban at least 1 year and give him another chance. And for those who say he should be banned for his whole life is unfair as you can not give life impressment to a shop lifter who stole a bread from a store.

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    its not that he will play cricket. or his ban is been reduced or he is getting 2nd chance. as some comments suggests. its clearly written that he will not take part in any cricket even club cricket. and even other criminals do get a chance to live life again so we cant say that it should be end of him. he will serve his full ban and they if selected should play.

    its just a relaxation that he can use pcb facilities.

  • the_blue_android on July 1, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Being the dreamer I am, I'm still imagining the possibilites associated with the word 'if' and my stomach churns every time I think of how Amir screwed it up. He could have had about 250 test wickets by 2015, he could have been the highest wicket taker among fast bowlers in test cricket and ODI cricket by the age of 30-32. World would have been at his feet, he could have had anything he wanted. Kicking away your entire life for a mere $ 50-60 K. We need you back Amir!! but somewhere deep down inside, we all know it won't be the same. Not training for 5 years and coming back, he may still end up being a good bowler due to the prodigious talent he has but it would be hard.

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Sure, this kid made a bad judgement and got involved with the wrong folk and got punished as deservedly; but as a cricket lover - it'd certainly be pleasure to watch him play again. Before this saga started, he was surely one of the most exciting prospects of fast bowling. I just hope when he comes back he will be as good as he was before!!

  • mrmonty on July 1, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    @PratUSA and @Haleos, Why so judgmental guys? I am sure you have been paragons virtue in your respective lives. Incorruptible in all aspects of morality of your respective societies. At least one of you is from the US. How about your politicians there? The wall street bankers? I am sure you have proportionate level of contempt for them, given they almost broke the world economy. @Haleos, if you are from any of the cricket playing nations I can give 10 examples of public officials behaving badly and getting away with wrist slaps. Don't you think your venom towards Amir is a little disproportionate? People in these forums have repeated on and on that they think Asif's and Butt's crimes were not equivalent for Amir's because of his age and impressionability. Ever heard of juvenile crimes and punishment?

  • Vindaliew on July 1, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    I would love to see Amir don Pakistan's colours again someday, but only after his ban has been fully enforced. Please consider that it is the difference between letting him return with his head held high and his debt to society repaid, ready to build on a fresh start at the young age of 23 .. compared to returning due to special treatment, forever feeling that he may not be there on merit or is unworthy, and being a prime candidate for sledging on the field. The five years he lost from 18-23 might still well translate to an extra 5 years of service at the end of his career since he's not undergoing wear and tear. Let him return and play on his merit alone, both in terms of his cricketing ability and his obligations to society.

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    It's a great news that Mohammed Amir is getting a second chance. He has entire career ahead of him. He's such a talented and wonderful fast bowler. I just can't wait to see him bowling again. He fairly deserved a second chance as he complied with conditions of the ban and also undergone the ICC's educational and rehabilitation program. I hope he comes back more energetically and win some matches for the team green. My best wishes are with him!

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    aamir was young enough at age of 17-8 when he commit the spot fixing. i strongly blieve aamir should not be allowed to play cricket in 5 years of ban - this will be a lesson for all the cricketers. pakistan have enough talent, pakistan cricket will easily win in world levels. i just dont understand who are supportrs of aamir. dont you like Junaid? Irfan ? Gul ?? then why u need aamir back in the team. PLEASE PLEASE DON'T THINK THAT HE WAS INNOCENT !!!

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    if Amir performs as he did in the past we need him

  • py0alb on July 1, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    The decision to ban him was correct and was both just and necessary, but I can't wait to see Amir bowling again. At least at 23 he still has his entire career still ahead of him.

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    I hope Amir back soon so see

  • on July 1, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    good news for him.......

  • MianMoosa on July 1, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    when i start taking some interest in cricket, Wasim Akram was at end of his career, i never his saw his emergence, his peak live,,,,but when i saw Muhammad aamir i realized how good AKRAM was at his peak,,,when i remind that whole spot fixing saga in my mind, i feel so sad for this kid, but i will not want to reduce his ban, he needs to complete his 5 year ban, in 2015 he will 23 years old, still young, still he can re-emerge, still he can become world best fast bowler,,, best luck to Muhammad aamir

  • Haleos on July 1, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    @ PratUSA - very well said. I am sick of the supporters who are turning a blind eye to the offense. Which was not a small offense mind you and he is not a 10 year old.

  • Haleos on July 1, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Great news for all the youngsters and poor cricketers. They can follow Amir knowing well they will be let off. Make him an example I say. Let him play domestic cricket but never internationals again. That should serve as deterrent to others.

  • hamqad on July 1, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    I feel bad for the kid. I blame Butt. I did not see him apologize for destroying, arguably, the next big thing in world cricket. That was perhaps his biggest crime. Butt himself was easily dispensable and Asif is one of those who will never learn the lesson. But with each mention of Amir, the mind instantly wanders to the time he dismantled the Australian and English batting line-ups and drew comparisons with Wasim. The entire episode still makes me sad. I completely understand if ICC forces him to comply with the 5 year ban, but I am obviously biased given his age, the culture he grew up in, the people he looked up to, and the awe inspiring talent he posses, and would love to see him back sooner. I don't see another match winner in Pakistan who could do what this kid is capable of doing.

  • PPL11 on July 1, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Being a true cricket fan its good news that talented young blood getting second chance !!! and if he's back then Amir, Irfan, Junaid, Ajmal will make real tough attack and will pose a lot of challanges for opposition, best luck Amir

    - From Indian Fan

  • junaidmughal on July 1, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    nice to listen Abt this new .. he should come back in to the pakistan team, he has been apolized to his country and circket fans on his mistake. we should also respect of special talent he desrve he is a great talent .. Aamir my best wishes are with u

  • on July 1, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    IF HE hadn't done that ..no one would say STEYN OR MALINGA are the best bowlers......

  • on July 1, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Amir should be made to serve a ban from cricket like all other players are but he should be available for selection once he serves the ban. The problem with cricket is we perceive things as they are shown to us by the media.

    Amir's innocent portrayal doesn't deserve our sympathy. It is sad that such a talent has had to go through so much but youth and talent shouldn't cloud our judgement and there has to be uniformity. If a criminal is good at his actual job it doesn't mean he can't be convicted.

  • on July 1, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Amir should come back to cricket icc should forgive him cuz he accept his mistake and already had like 2 years ban .. if not am really sorry for himm

  • JohnnyRook on July 1, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    I am an Indian and I feel people from subcontinent are a little too easy on criminals which probably expalins why we have so much of crime. I don't think he should be given any major concessions. He has been given 5 year ban after a lot of deliberation and after a lot of chances to co-operate and help ICC catch the bigger criminals. Feel free to train as much as you want but you got to serve the time. However he should definitely be welcomed back to cricket after he has comepleted his ban.

  • DannyBurke on July 1, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Let him train with the side and use the facilities but the ban should stand. It was given for a reason.

    Someone in breaking the law and "being sorry" shocker.

  • Stark62 on July 1, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    That would be great but I think the ban should be shortened because the administrators don't understand the culture of Pak and the system in which he was brought up.

    To understand his background, you have to look at his home and the village in which he resides.

  • on July 1, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    should be allowed to play cricket..everyone commit mistakes he has paid the price now come on support the talent!

  • Usman_Jilani on July 1, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    He should be given a second chance. He is the Neymar of Cricket. Please let him come back.

  • on July 1, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Credit to Amir from day 1 for admitting to making a mistake... he was a young kids being bullied into such actions..

    Bring him back ASAP

    From the West Indies...........

  • OzWally on July 1, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    @Rizwan Hussain - I'm sure he learnt his lesson the day after he got caught (many criminals often do). Should he have been allowed back in then? He needs to serve his time. Enough about letting him back in because he's young and has talent (extremely self-serving this second point). Once you are over 18 you are an adult and should be treated as one. What's next, penalties based on age?

  • PratUSA on July 1, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    @ Sebil, there is no way Amir should be allowed to play in 2015 world cup. He must serve his ban. You can't undermine anti corruption measures yourself and still expect those to act as deterrent. Allowing training facilities is another matter. But really rules should be changed to life ban for first offence itself and that's the only thing which can clean this sport.

  • on July 1, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Bring this kid back into cricket - world class talent he has learned his lesson...

  • Taha_Farrukh on July 1, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    really nice to here about that....

  • ChrisKOTW on July 1, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    As far as I'm concerned Mr. Amir has paid his debt to society through his prison sentance and his debt to the game with the three years he's already been banned for. He was in no way the instigator in this whole debacle, he is the only one of the three players to have taken any responsibility for his actions until very recently and I really don't see any reason to keep him suspended other than vindictiveness and making an example.

  • Sebii on July 1, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    A good move by PCB AND I hope ICC will definitely look into the matter of Young Talent( Muhammad Amir). He should have been opportunity to play in 2015 WC. Pakistan nation as well as Pakistan Team Needs him to cheer their Fans as it's been a Long time.

  • Shahbazchaudhary on July 1, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    This is good news for Amir & all pakistani fans. Amir was great bowler in his carreer. Now our good wishes with him & hope that he will not participate spot fixing activity again.

  • on July 1, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    shud be allowed

  • on July 1, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    shud be allowed

  • Shahbazchaudhary on July 1, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    This is good news for Amir & all pakistani fans. Amir was great bowler in his carreer. Now our good wishes with him & hope that he will not participate spot fixing activity again.

  • Sebii on July 1, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    A good move by PCB AND I hope ICC will definitely look into the matter of Young Talent( Muhammad Amir). He should have been opportunity to play in 2015 WC. Pakistan nation as well as Pakistan Team Needs him to cheer their Fans as it's been a Long time.

  • ChrisKOTW on July 1, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    As far as I'm concerned Mr. Amir has paid his debt to society through his prison sentance and his debt to the game with the three years he's already been banned for. He was in no way the instigator in this whole debacle, he is the only one of the three players to have taken any responsibility for his actions until very recently and I really don't see any reason to keep him suspended other than vindictiveness and making an example.

  • Taha_Farrukh on July 1, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    really nice to here about that....

  • on July 1, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Bring this kid back into cricket - world class talent he has learned his lesson...

  • PratUSA on July 1, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    @ Sebil, there is no way Amir should be allowed to play in 2015 world cup. He must serve his ban. You can't undermine anti corruption measures yourself and still expect those to act as deterrent. Allowing training facilities is another matter. But really rules should be changed to life ban for first offence itself and that's the only thing which can clean this sport.

  • OzWally on July 1, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    @Rizwan Hussain - I'm sure he learnt his lesson the day after he got caught (many criminals often do). Should he have been allowed back in then? He needs to serve his time. Enough about letting him back in because he's young and has talent (extremely self-serving this second point). Once you are over 18 you are an adult and should be treated as one. What's next, penalties based on age?

  • on July 1, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Credit to Amir from day 1 for admitting to making a mistake... he was a young kids being bullied into such actions..

    Bring him back ASAP

    From the West Indies...........

  • Usman_Jilani on July 1, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    He should be given a second chance. He is the Neymar of Cricket. Please let him come back.