Saturday 19 October 2013 

ICC Board To Wait On Amir Review

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir will have to wait until January to find out if his ban for spot-fixing will be reduced
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board has concluded its two-day gathering in London and released details of the outcomes of their final meeting of the year.

Chief among the items discussed was an appeal by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on behalf of Mohammad Amir to reduce his five-year ban for spot-fixing.

However, the ICC Board confirmed that any review into Amir's case will not be conducted until January, when a new, 'more robust and strengthened' ICC Anti-Corruption Code will be submitted for discussion and approval.

"During the discussion, the matter of Mohammad Amir’s five-year ban also came up for discussion. The ICC Board decided to review the matter in due course after the revised ICC Anti-Corruption Code has been finalised and adopted," a statement confirmed.

The board also received an update on the investigations into the Bangladesh Premier League after which nine players were charged with corruption offences - seven for fixing and two for not reporting corrupt approaches.

Looking ahead to global tournaments including next year's ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, the board approved a request from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to extend the deadline for stadium completion to 30th November.

The full format for the competition will be revealed on 27th October and the 2014 Under-19 World Cup will retain the same format as previous editions with 16 teams (10 Full Members and six qualifiers) competing in the United Arab Emirates.

There will also be a further boost for Afghanistan after an increase in their Targeted Assistance Performance Programme (TAPP) funding to $US 1.1 million was approved.

The ICC Board is made up of the chairman of president of the 10 Full Members as well as three elected Associate Member representative. The ICC President attends and chairs the meeting while the ICC Chief Executive and Vice-President are also present.

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