London: Mohammad Amir, the Pakistan fast bowler, has pleaded guilty to spot-fixing during the Lord's Test against England in 2010. He said there was "extreme pressure" on him and cited threats to his place in the side if he did not participate in the fixing.
He now faces a 'Newton Hearing' later this week at which Justice Cooke, without the presence of a jury, will determine his level of punishment
Amir gave his plea at the pre-trial at Southwark Crown Court on September 16, which had preceded the full trial attended by Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, who pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Reporting restrictions under the United Kingdom's laws meant Amir's plea could not be published so as not to bias a jury ruling on the other two players.