Aamir did not play for us: Surrey cricket club

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Aamir is serving a five-year ban for his involvement in last year’s spot-fixing scandal Getty Images

London: Jun 9, 2011

In the eye of storm after letting banned Pakistani pacer Mohammad Aamir play for it, Surrey League side Addington has insisted that the cricketer, penalised for spot-fixing, was not paid any money.

Addington club secretary Raheal Shafi said the club could not afford paying the teen pacer, who is serving a five-year ban for his involvement in last year’s spot-fixing scandal.

Aamir turning up for Addington has created a storm with the ICC investigating if the appearance was in contravention with the terms and conditions of the ban.

“We are nowhere near Test or county standard and there was no money involved. He was very down to earth. He was relaxing and sitting on the grass and talking about life in Pakistan, life in England and where he has travelled,” Shafi was quoted as saying by Skysports’.

Aamir, who took four wickets and scored 60 with the bat against St Luke’s CC, said he didn’t know that the match was part of competitive cricket under England Cricket Board.

“I was informed by club representatives before the game that it was a friendly match, being played on a privately-owned cricket ground,” the 19-year-old said.

“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,” Aamir told ‘pakpassion.net’ on Thursday.