Banned Amir may return early

  • Last Updated: June 27 2014, 16:19 BST

Disgraced Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir is on course for a return to domestic cricket before the end of his five-year ban for spot-fixing.

Mohammad Amir: Ban is due to end in September 2015
Mohammad Amir: Ban is due to end in September 2015

Amir, 22, was issued with the worldwide suspension from all cricket after pleading guilty to charges relating to a series of deliberate no-balls in the 2010 Lord's Test against England.

Amir, a prodigously talented swing bowler who became the youngest in Test history to 50 wickets earlier that summer, is due to complete his ban in September 2015 but the Pakistan Cricket Board is confident of having him back in action locally before then.

It has been petitioning the International Cricket Council to review its anti-corruption code to include staggered returns for banned cricketers and, following this week's annual meeting in Melbourne, believes it is making inroads.

A PCB statement read: "The work on the drafting of the new ICC anti-corruption code has substantially progressed with a draft clause inserted into the code permitting a banned player to be involved in domestic matches prior to the end of his ban period.

"The anti-corruption code will now be placed before the (ICC) board for approval soon after which the PCB will be in a position to make an application for Mohammad Amir.

"The progress on ICC amendments in ICC's anti-corruption code is very encouraging and is yet another step closer to the early entry of Mohammad Amir in cricket."