The talented left-arm Pakistani pacer Muhammad Amir has finally been allowed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to play domestic cricket in the country.
The decision, which was taken by the council in its first meeting of the year, was posted on their website. The statement clarified that Sir Ronnie Flanagan, who is the council’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit Chairman, made the final call regarding the young pacer’s career.
Muhammad Amir has been serving a five-year ban which is set to lapse in September this year. The ban was a result of the spot-fixing scandal in 2010 which rocked Pakistan cricket, depriving it of three talented players – Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Muhammad Amir.
All three were also sentenced to varying prison terms for spot-fixing, and Amir, who was 18 years old at the time came back to Pakistan after serving his six-month sentence.
Since then, he has not been allowed to play any form of cricket, domestic or international, and just recently the former Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board, Lt. Gen Tauqir Zia spoke against the pacer’s return to the national team.
According to him, Amir’s return would make it difficult for the existing team members to adjust with him.
“I observed during the function that Amir did not learn a lesson from the ban,” he stated.