Mohammad Aamer gets reprieve from ICC, can play domestic cricket in Pakistan

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday granted permission to banned Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Aamer to return to domestic cricket with immediate effect. Along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, Aamer was handed a five-years ban for the spot-fixing scandal in a Test against England in 2010.

The 22-year-old was banned and was also jailed along with others by a UK court in 2011. The governing body revised the players’ code of conduct in November last year, adding a provision that allows a banned player to play in domestic games a certain period prior to the end of the ban. The change had prompted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to file an appeal with the ICC to be lenient on Aamer.

Before the ban, Aamer was considered to be one of the greatest finds in Pakistan cricket. The ICC statement said that his five-year ban was scheduled to expire on September 2, but the 22-year-old could return to domestic cricket with immediate effect.