Aamer not to challenge ICC's five-year ban

A spokesman of the ICC when contacted confirmed they had got in writing from Mohammad Aamer that he was not going to appeal the ban in the CAS AFP

Karachi: Mar 1, 2012

Disgraced Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Aamer will not challenge the five year ban imposed on him by the ICC for his role in spot-fixing.

Aamer has informed the ICC through his lawyer Sajida Malik in writing about his intent not to pursue the appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

A spokesman of the ICC when contacted confirmed they had got in writing from Aamer that he was not going to appeal the ban in the CAS.

“Mohammad Aamer told the ICC last week that he will not be pursuing the appeal against his five year ban,” the spokesman said.

Under the ICC code of conduct article 7 any player who is banned or suspended cannot appeal to the ICC against the punishment. But he has the right to pursue and appeal the matter with the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Geneva.

Aamer had filed an appeal with his banned teammates, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif against the bans imposed by the ICC anti-corruption tribunal last year.

But they did not pursue the appeal or ask for a hearing date from the CAS as they were busy appearing in the crown court in London facing criminal charges for spot-fixing and corruption.

The trio was banned by the ICC in February last year.

Aamer, 19, returned home last week after serving three months in a young offenders institution in the United Kingdom for his role in the spot-fixing scandal that broke out during Pakistan’?s tour to England in 2010.

An official in the Pakistan cricket Board said that the youngster had taken a sensible decision.

“Given the nature of his offence and that he was also jailed for the same offence by a crown court he stood slim chances of winning any appeal against the ICC ban,” the official said.

“It is better he remains patient and then go to the ICC again for review of his ban on humanitarian grounds as he was very young when caught in the spot-fixing scandal,” he added.

Sources close to the pacer said that he took the decision of not pursuing the appeal after consulting with his lawyer and family members.

“Apparently he also spoke to a senior board official privately on telephone who told him he stood to gain nothing by pursuing the appeal and that it would only further antagonize the ICC,” a well-placed source said.

The PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf had hinted on Thursday in Islamabad that the Board planned to try to convince the ICC to review the ban when he said that if Aamer appealed to the board they would consider it. (PTI)