PCB trying to gain permission from ICC to allow Mohammad Amir to start playing domestic cricket immediately

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“I just hope that the ICC allows me to play domestic cricket again”

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have announced that they will urge the International Cricket Council (ICC) to allow disgraced pace bowler Mohammad Amir to start playing domestic cricket immediately.

The PCB will look to gain an approval during the ICC board meeting in London on October 18 and 19.

“The PCB had hired a law firm in London to look into Amir’s case and prepare a report which has now been sent to the ICC for consideration and discussion at the board meeting,” a source told PTI. “[Najam] Sethi, on the basis of the legal report, would try to convince the board to allow Amir to resume training at the national cricket academy in Lahore under specialised coaches.

“Sethi and chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad will be going to London for the meeting and [the] Amir issue is on the top of their list of priorities.”

The source added that England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke, who is heading a special committee that is overlooking the PCB’s request, will also present his findings during the ICC meeting.

“Clarke will also be presenting the committee’s findings at the board meeting,” the source said.

Amir, who received a five-year ban for his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal, is optimistic that the ICC will grant him his wish.

“I am really grateful to the PCB and Sethi Sir for taking up my case with the ICC because staying away from cricket has been the most difficult time in my life,” Amir told Geo Super news channel. “I have realised the blunder I made and have apologised and accepted the punishment handed out to me. I am also cooperating with the board and undergoing rehabilitation. I just hope that the ICC allows me to play domestic cricket again.

“I just want to play cricket again and if I get this chance, I swear I will never let my countrymen down again. I have learnt bitter lessons at a young age in the last few years.”

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