PCB unaware of Mohammad Aamer's spot fixing confessions

Mohammad Aamer (L) was earlier banned for five years with teammates Salman Butt (c) and Mohammed Asif last February by ICC for spot-fixing. But the trio had later denied charges. Getty Images

Lahore: Sep 17, 2011

The Pakistan Cricket Board will seek details about reports that banned fast bowler Mohammad Aamer had submitted a written confession during a hearing at the Southwark Crown Court in London admitting to spot-fixing.

“We are not directly involved in this hearing going on in London but obviously we would like to know first of all if these reports are correct and if he has indeed made any sort of written confession,” a senior board official said.

“If the reports are correct than we would like to also see this confessional statement because all along he has denied any wrong doing and also cost the board a lot in legal expenditures,” COO Subhan Ahmad said.

Aamer was banned for five years with teammates Salman Butt and Mohammed Asif last February by an anti-corruption tribunal of the ICC for spot-fixing. But the trio denied charges.

They are presently facing criminal charges of committing fraud, cheat and trying to defraud bookmakers in the Southwark Crown Court which is hearing criminal charges brought against the three by the special crown prosecution office.

Media reports also said that Pakistani origin bookmaker, Mazhar Majeed had also submitted his written confession at the London court.

The PCB official admitted that if reports were true than it would look at the entire issue in a new light as all three had denied the charges against them for which they were banned. Another board official made it clear that the ICC decision was a totally separate issue from the hearing now going in London.

Ahmad also confirmed that at the last hearing the board had sent its legal advisor, Tafazzul Rizvi as an observer but this time he didn’t go to London.

In a related development, Aamer’s younger brother Ejaz on Saturday denied confirming or dismissing the reports about his brother’s written confession.

“We really don’t know anything about it right now but there is no doubt there is a lot of pressure on him and he is still very young,” Ejaz said.

Ejaz said at times it was better to face the truth and admit mistakes and if Aamer had indeed confessed to spot fixing than he had done a brave thing.

“Whatever happens we are there to support him and we know they are thousands of people also supporting and praying for him,” he said.

Ejaz said his brother was confident that by October the situation would become very clear. Off the three banned players, Aamer because of his young age is seen as the one with the brightest chances of getting an early reprieve from his ban and also making a comeback to international cricket. (PTI)