ABU DHABI- Pakistan seamer Mohammad Aamer, banned and jailed for spot fixing in one of cricket’s darkest episodes, is set to be handed a dramatic return to the sport.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is expected to revise its anti-corruption code at a two-day board meeting starting in Dubai on Sunday, allowing all banned players to feature in domestic matches before their suspensions expire.
Sources told AFP that the ICC chief executives’ committee has already approved the new provision and has recommended the full board to do the same.
Although the revised code will apply to all banned players, it could specifically benefit the 22-year-old Aamer, who was exiled from cricket after a spot-fixing scandal during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010.
Aamer and pace partner Mohammad Asif, along with then Pakistan captain Salman Butt, orchestrated deliberate no-balls in return for money during the Lord’s Test against England four years ago.
In February 2011, ICC anti-corruption tribunal chief Michael Beloff QC, a senior English lawyer, banned the players but also raised questions over the code and said he would recommend a revision in cases where the minimum punishment was five years.
Left-arm paceman Aamer was banned for five years, Butt for 10, with five suspended, and Asif for seven, with two suspended. All three also served prison sentences.
“The ICC Board will discuss the recommendations from the executive committee, including in respect of a revised anti-corruption code and a revised ICC anti-doping code,” said an ICC statement.