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Amir returns home after jail sentence

Associated Press
Feb 26, 2012 at 08:44am IST

Islamabad: Pakistan's banned cricketer Mohammad Amir returned home on Sunday after serving his jail sentence for spot-fixing in London.

Amir was sentenced for six months, but was released earlier this month due to good behavior after serving half his sentence, for spot-fixing with two teammates — Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif — during a test against England at Lords in August 2010. Butt and Asif are still serving their jail sentences.

The 19-years-old Amir did not speak to the waiting media on arriving at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Banned Amir returns home after jail sentence

Amir was sentenced for six months, but was released earlier this month due to good behavior.

Local television showed the young leftarm fast bowler — sitting on the back seat of a white car — being driven away to his house in Lahore.

Amir is banned by the International Cricket Council until September 2015 for bowling deliberate no-balls.

Amir pleaded guilty and did not contest his case in London's Southwark Crown Court last year and was given less punishment than Butt and Asif.

Butt, the then Pakistan captain, was jailed for 2 1/2 years and Asif for 1 1/2 years after being convicted for receiving money to ensure no-balls were bowled in the Lord's test 18 months ago.

Amir was considered one of cricket's brightest prospects, claiming 51 wickets in 14 test matches and 25 wickets in 15 ODIs before bowling those infamous no-balls.

The leftarm paceman could appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the ICC ban.


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