ICC To Investigate Mohammad Amir
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is to look into claims that Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has defied his five-year ban by playing club cricket in Surrey.
Under the terms of his worldwide ban for match-fixing, he is not allowed to play in such matches, as confirmed by the ICC.
"We have heard the reports and we are investigating," ICC spokesman James Fitzgerald has been quoted as saying.
"The suspension very clearly states that it is a suspension from all forms of cricket and all cricket-related activities."
The England & Wales Cricket Board added the following statement: "We are aware of this incident and we are investigating as a matter of urgency along with the ICC to see if this game falls under our jurisdiction."
A player named Mohammad Amir features on the scorecard of a game played between Addington 1743 CC and St Lukes in a Surrey Cricket League match while members of the opposition have come out and told British newspapers that it was undoubtedly the former Pakistan international.
He scored 60 and then took four wickets as Addington 1743 won by 81 runs.
Along with Mazhar Majeed and team-mates Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, Amir is due to stand trial in October, charged with cheating and conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments.
Those charges were brought against them following allegations made by the News Of The World that they were behind a spot-fixing plan during the Lord's Test against England last August.
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