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ICC demands answers after Amir plays

AFP
Jan 26, 2011 at 03:25pm IST

Karachi: International cricket chiefs are demanding answers on why suspended Pakistani paceman Mohammad Amir, at the centre of a corruption probe, played in a domestic club match, an official said on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old Amir, along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, was suspended over allegations of spot-fixing during Pakistan's tour of England last year in a case that shook the global game.

But media reports in Pakistan said Aamer featured in a domestic club match for Pakistan Army against Rawalpindi despite being suspended from all forms of cricket that come under the umbrella of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

ICC demands answers after Amir plays

Mohammad Amir, at the centre of a corruption probe, played in a domestic club match, an official said on Wednesday.

"The ICC wrote to the Pakistan Cricket Board on the matter on Tuesday," an ICC spokesman confirmed to AFP from its headquarters in Dubai.

A PCB spokesman confirmed they were investigating the issue.

"Yes, we have come to the knowledge of Amir playing a match in Rawalpindi and we are investigating the matter," PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar told AFP.

An ICC anti-corruption tribunal heard the case relating to the three suspended players in Doha, Qatar, last month and is due to announce its verdict on February 5.

All three were provisionally suspended by the ICC in October, with the world governing body's code of conduct carrying a minimum five-year ban if corruption charges are proved.

The maximum punishment is a life ban.

Their suspension came after reports in the British newspaper News of the World, which claimed several Pakistani players -- including the trio -- obeyed orders from an alleged bookmaker during the Lord's Test in August.

The newspaper said it paid Mazhar Majeed, an agent for several Pakistan players, 150,000 pounds (237,000 dollars) in return for advance knowledge of pre-arranged no-balls which could then be bet upon.

In a separate case, Majeed and the three Pakistani players face criminal charges for defrauding bookmakers in England. The minimum punishment in the case is ten years' imprisonment.

Scotland Yard has handed two reports to prosecutors in Britain, who have yet to decide on further action.

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