PCB requests ICC to allow Mohammad Aamer to use NCA facilities

The four man sub-committee formed by the ICC executive board to look into PCB’s request will meet in October © Getty Images

Karachi: Jul 19, 2013

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to allow banned pacer Mohammad Aamer to start using facilities at the National Cricket Academy under the supervision of PCB coaches.

A senior official in the board told that recent media reports that the ICC had or would allow Aamir to resume playing first class cricket were incorrect.

“We don’t foresee that happening but the four man sub-committee formed by the ICC executive board to look into our request on Aamer’s case will meet in October for the first time and only than something will be clear,” the official said.

He said the PCB had told the ICC at the recent board meeting that they wanted permission to be given to Aamer to start using facilities and start training at the academy.

“That is the request we have made and we are hoping that we should get some permission from the ICC late next year on this when Aamer would have completed four years of his five year ban period,” he said.

“Under the terms of the anti-corruption code a player cannot use any facilities of his board until his ban is completed. We have requested Aamer be given permission to start doing this before the ban ends,” he added.

The official said the board was also hopeful that the ICC would also allow Aamer to play club cricket close to the end of his ban period.

Asked whether the PCB was planning to also speak to the ICC about the life ban on Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, the official said they only took up Aamer’s case because he had confessed to his wrongdoing and was a teenager when the spot-fixing scandal took place.

“In Danish’s case he has not accepted any wrong doing and secondly the England and Wales Cricket Board submitted a lot of circumstantial evidence against him in the hearings of the ECB disciplinary panel that eventually banned him,” he said.