Fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been released from prison in England, where he was serving a six-month sentence for spot-fixing.
Once considered cricket’s most promising star, 19-year-old Amir was found guilty in the scandal that shook the cricketing world in August 2010. Amir, along with then skipper of Pakistan’s test team Salman Butt and fellow fast bowler Mohammad Asif, had taken bribes from bookie Mazhar Majeed for bowling no-balls in a test match with England.
Undercover reporters from now defunct British publication News Of The World had secretly videotaped Majeed during transaction.
Talking to the media, after news of his release spread in his village, Amir’s brother said that the family was very happy, but would be even more happy when Amir would start playing for Pakistan again.
In November 2011, Amir, Asif and Butt were found guilty by a London court.
Although Amir has served half of his sentence at a young offenders facility, he has been released on bail for good behaviour, two days early. He is yet to finish his five-year ban period.
Correction: An earlier version of this article had incorrectly mentioned that the trio had bowled the no-balls in a match against Australia. This has been corrected. The error is regretted.