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Suspended Pak bowler Amir faces ICC action over ban breach by playing club cricket


June 8, 2011 - London

Mohammad Amir, one of three Pakistan players suspended on spot-fixing charges, may face a fresh investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for allegedly breaking the terms and conditions of his ban.

Salman Butt was banned for ten years with a five-year suspended ban, Mohammad Asif for seven years with two-year suspended ban and Amir for five years by an Anti-Corruption Tribunal, after they were proven guilty of spot-fixing during last year's tour of England.

The Tribunal found that the charges under Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code for Players and Player Support Personnel, that Amir agreed to bowl and did bowl two deliberate no balls in the Lord's Test match played between Pakistan and England from 26 to 29 August 2010, were proved.

Amir reportedly played club cricket in Surrey last Saturday, starting for Addington 1743 in a Surrey Cricket League Division One fixture against St Lukes at the LSE ground in New Malden, which is just 14 miles from Lord's, The Daily Telegraph reports.

The Pakistani player scored 60 with the bat and then took four wickets to help his new team-mates register an 81-run victory.

"No one could quite believe that it was him," one of the St Lukes players was quoted as saying.

The ICC suspension prevents Amir from playing cricket at any level, and he will face further disciplinary action if an ICC investigation proves that he played in Surrey despite the ban.

ANI

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