Pakistan's banned fast-bowler Mohammad Amir escaped further punishment on his five-year ban after the International Cricket Council (ICC) let off the fast-bowler with a strict warning for breaching the sanction.
Amir, who was banned from all cricketing activity by the ICC after his role in a spot-fixing scandal during the England series last August, featured in an official match for Addington, a Surrey Cricket League Division One team, in June. There were reports of Amir's breach with the ICC stating that an extension on the five years would be considered if the fast-bowler if found guilty.
However, the ICC confirmed to The Express Tribune that the bowler has 'been warned and reminded of the terms of his ban'.
Amir, 19, admitted playing the match but said that he was informed by the club representatives that the game was being staged on a privately-owned cricket ground and it would not clash with his ICC ban. However, the ICC confirmed that the match was a league fixture that was affiliated with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
This was not the first time Amir played a cricket match after he was also let off by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). There, Amir had taken part in an unofficial match, in a tournament not recognised by the PCB.
Amir, who rocked the cricket world with his amazing talent at the young age, is barred from taking part in any cricketing activity along with two former teammates - former captain Salman Butt and fast-bowler Mohammad Asif.
Apart from the ICC verdict that banned the trio, the they were also investigated by the local police in UK over criminal and corruption charges.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 26th, 2011.
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