Pakistan Hope Rule Change Aids Mohammad Amir

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) even sought legal opinion on Mohammad Amir's early return from Queen's Counsel in the United Kingdom, before the International Cricket Council (ICC) agreed to review its anti-corruption code.

updated: June 27, 2014 21:30 IST
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Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt
Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, left, and Mohammad Amir, second right, walk at Allama Iqbal airport upon their arrival from Dubai, Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 in Lahore, Pakistan.

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Islamabad: Fast bowler Mohammad Amir could play in domestic competitions before his five-year ban ends in September 2015 if the Pakistan Cricket Board gets its way.

The International Cricket Council review committee inserted a draft clause in its anti-corruption code "permitting a banned player to be involved in domestic matches prior to the end of his ban period," according to a PCB statement. It added, the amended code will be up for approval before the ICC board, after which the PCB will be in a position to apply for Amir's early comeback.

Amir was banned for five years in 2011 for bowling deliberate no-balls during a test against England at Lord's in 2010. He did not appeal, and was involved in the ICC rehabilitation program. He pleaded guilty in court and served jail time.

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