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Banned Pak bowler Amir says he was cleared to play in UK cricket league

June 8, 2011 - London

Banned Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir has confirmed that he did feature in a Surrey Cricket League Division One match for Addington on June 4, but only after he had been cleared for participation.

"I was informed by club representatives before the game that it was a friendly match, being played on a privately owned cricket ground. I asked the club representatives if the match fell under the jurisdiction of the ECB and they informed me that the match did not. I spoke to several club representatives about the issue and they all told me that it was a friendly match and therefore would not contravene my ban from the ICC. I was informed that I was fine to play," Amir told

Amir who is currently serving a ban for spot fixing during the 2010 series in England, denied that he had signed any sort of registration documents with the club and insisted that he would not risk aggravating his standing by playing in a meaningless fixture.

"I would not be stupid enough to knowingly play in a match that I knew would contravene my ban. Wherever I am going to play cricket, the world will know about it. I would not be stupid enough to play in a match where I knew that I would be taking a risk".


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