The ICC has no plans to reduce Mohammad Amir’s five-year ban, says David Richardson

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Amir will be allowed to make his comeback in 2015

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson has announced that there are no plans to reduce the five-year ban imposed upon disgraced Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir, who was found guilty of spot-fixing during a Test match against England at Lord’s in 2010.

Richardson played down the growing speculation and rumours that Amir’s ban would be reduced in light of him being the only player involved in the scandal to plead guilty.

“Under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, the minimum ban is 5 years and at this stage there is no plan to change that minimum sanction,” Richardson said.

Amir’s teammates, former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and seamer Mohammad Asif were also indicted in the spot-fixing case that rocked international cricket to its core.

All three players were given prison sentences for their role in the scandal, but only Asif and Butt appealed against the bans handed down by the ICC.

Amir, 21, is currently living in Lahore and is in the middle of a rehabilitation process, which includes counselling from Maqbool Babri, a sports psychologist, who was hired by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Both Amir and the PCB are positive about the future.

“I have been training regularly and undergoing the rehabilitation process,” Amir said. “I know when I get a chance, I can play cricket again.”

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