Pakistan news September 21, 2013

PCB wants British legal advice on Amir case


The PCB has sought advice from the Queen's Counsel in England, with regards to getting Mohammad Amir's five-year ban reduced. The interim PCB chairman, Najam Sethi, is intent on having Amir back in domestic cricket as soon as possible.

ESPNcricinfo understands that the ICC has no clause in their procedure to reduce Amir's ban, but the PCB want to seek legal opinion - an attempt to find a way for the cricketer to return to competitive cricket ahead of schedule. The PCB want to ensure Amir is completely ready to make a comeback as soon as his ban ends, instead of beginning training only after it ends and further delaying his return. It was understood that a reduction was not possible as a five-year penalty is the minimum sentence under the ICC code.

The PCB, during this year's annual conference, had already requested the ICC to consider a few concessions, especially with regard to Amir using the board's facilities for training. There is a five-member ICC sub-committee, which was set up in July to review the anti-corruption code, looking into relaxing certain conditions of the five-year ban imposed on Amir. The sub-committee is yet to meet, but the most stringent stipulations of the ban will remain . The Pakistan board was looking to get permission from the ICC for Amir to train and play club cricket, rather than first-class or List A cricket. This is just one of the recommendations the sub-committee will look into, but there is no guarantee the committee will reach any consensus to offer relief.

Any recommendation, if made, is only likely to be granted in the final six to eight months of his ban. The current recommendations ensure that he is not allowed to train alongside his former, national team-mates.

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

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  • Ibrar on September 25, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Five years ban is too much for youngsters like Amir. Two years would be sufficient for players like Aamir who have a clean history.

  • izaz on September 23, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    There's always going to be a cloud over Aamir. I don't think he is ever going to play for Pakistan again.

    The best thing for the PCB to do is to highlight his penalty to help other players stay the course.

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Yes he made a mistake and at the same time he admitted his mistake unlike Salman Butt & Asif. now he has already taken rehabilitation course and is well aware of his wrongdoing.. Now what i think is yes he should get another chance if he is given another chance he should concentrate on his domestic show and prove himself. once he gains his form ,would be the main weapon for Pakistan. hope he is helped by the board and ICC in restoring his career.

  • Nasir on September 23, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    I Do agree that he should his full 5 years punishment, but at the same time, he should be given a second chance like any criminal do, people make mistake and they learn from their mistakes, and when one pleads guilty the punishment is reduced and I believe he was mislead by his senior players, being young and new into cricket, the last thing you want is not to do what your captain tell you, if you do not listen to your captain, you are not in the team any more, so it must be understood that he was at fault because of his captain. I hope ICC allow him to play at least club cricket.

  • Rakesh on September 23, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    @PricelessPak - difference being our mistkakes would not bring cricket or country into disrepute. Whe nyou represent your country you need to bear extra responsibility or dont play. Also not that he is the first person to do so to not know it is wrong. I agree with MurtaMac. Age should not be a factor. The impact was massive.

  • John on September 23, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    He has only two years to go. In the meantime, he can keep himself fit and practice bowling in nets. When his ban is lifted, he could be back in form within three months. What is the problem?

  • Rakesh on September 23, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Already it is too lenient. He was let off easily. Juvenile prisons are fun parks. Admittance of guilt does not take take away the crime. PCB has no other work to do? Their team is losing to Zimbabwe and this is what they have time for? supporting a wrong cricketer?

  • shahid on September 23, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Yes, he is a great talent but not to the right direction,if people talk about his age & concession in his penality by court, why do they forget he has commited a crime,you cann't excuse any person after a murder for his age and i feel he has done more than killing someone.He has killed emotions and feelings of many people and cricket lovers and even the penality he has got, is minimum and we want to reduce it as he is hero of the nation .No one should be allowed to defame his country whatever age group he comes from when you are representing a country you should know the atticates and requirements.If the person doesn't abide by the rules he shouldnt be allowed to play and insult the countrymen.I am sorry i feel the manager along with the cricket team at that time should be punished by PCB as well who couldnt look after him,if you feel he was immature he needed more care and control which manager failed to provide even at the cost, country paid for.Plz let aamir complete his ban thx

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Amir should serve his ban, logically .. but the only problem is .. ODI cricket is dying, and with few quality pacemen around, its in ICCs interest to bring Amir back

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    It was his tender age and poor background which was exploited by the planners of this Unlawful activity.Being on of the best and being thrown into the limelight at such a young Age was like throwing in prime meat in shark infested waters.A lesson for Pcb if you got Such a talent follow him around like a halo around his head make sure he is not thrown Into such a situation.still can imagine him thundering down the pitch and as once David Lloyd said "here comes the wicket taking frenzy".

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