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After nearly five years in exile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) have allowed Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir to start playing domestic cricket.
Amir was handed a five-year ban after being found guilty of spot-fixing during a Test match against England in 2010.
“The ACSU Chairman [Ronnie Flanagan] had exercised the powers vested in him under Article 6.8 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code after he was satisfied that Amir had cooperated with the ACSU by fully disclosing his part in the matters that led to his disqualification, admitting his guilt, showing remorse and cooperating with the Unit’s ongoing investigations and by recording messages for the ACSU education sessions,” the ICC said.
Upon hearing the good news, Amir said: “I have been playing some unregistered club cricket but the sort of body I have I think it won’t take much time to get the momentum. I think a month and half will be enough for me to stand up. Being a fast bowler, I have all the varieties and ability to bowl both inswing and outswing, so what I need now is to work hard.”
Even though the Pakistan domestic season is nearly complete, Amir will still have a chance to play in the Super Eight T20 Cup, which will take place after the World Cup.