Mohammad Amir will not challenge ban

By AFP
Published: March 1, 2012
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Teenage paceman Mohammad Amir has decided not to appeal against a five-year ban imposed on him. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Teenage paceman Mohammad Amir has decided not to appeal against a five-year ban imposed on him. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: Teenage paceman Mohammad Amir has decided not to appeal against a five-year ban imposed on him for spot-fixing during the 2010 Lord’s Test against England, an official said on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Amir was released from a British prison last month after serving half of a six-month sentence for his part in the scandal during the Test between England and Pakistan in 2010.

His teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif are serving 30- and 12-month sentences respectively, handed down by a British court in November.

All three players were found guilty of corruption and receiving illegal money.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) also banned the trio for violating the players’ code of conduct, with Amir receiving the minimum five-year punishment.

“Through his lawyer, Amir has informed us that he has no intention of filing an appeal against the ban,” an ICC spokesman told AFP from Dubai.

Under the rules, Amir could have appealed against the ban in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland, but legal experts believe he lost that possibility after pleading guilty in Britain.

Amir, who returned to Pakistan on Sunday, has vowed to revive his career. After his debut in 2009 and until the scandal broke, he was considered the brightest new talent in international cricket.

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  • Err
    Mar 1, 2012 - 5:03PM

    Does that mean ‘Good Bye, Amir’? :(

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  • Zeeshan
    Mar 1, 2012 - 5:04PM

    Sad :(

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  • osama
    Mar 1, 2012 - 5:05PM

    Amir should challenge the ban.

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  • Haris Javed
    Mar 1, 2012 - 5:16PM

    after refusing to accept guilt in front of icc, and then suddenly presenting confession to police authorities, this decision was obvious! but i really wish he can maintain charisma in his bowling.. .

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  • One
    Mar 1, 2012 - 5:39PM

    He almost completes 2 years of his ban he had to wait 3 more years.

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  • Zeta
    Mar 1, 2012 - 5:54PM

    He should have appealed :/

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  • Afaaq
    Mar 1, 2012 - 6:08PM

    It takes a man to accept his punishment. Hats off to him. Instead of criticizing his decision we must support him as he has shown the urge to come back into the foray of cricket by serving out his sentence and coming out a better man.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Mar 1, 2012 - 6:22PM

    Apeal or no appeal. He is a convicted criminal. We don’t want to see him playing.

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  • Hira Z
    Mar 1, 2012 - 6:58PM

    Somebody smart should guide the teenager !

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  • Salman
    Mar 1, 2012 - 7:00PM

    He should publicly apologized the nation so as ICC to betray them all. May be then only, he may earn a soft corner and who knows ICC then may reduce his ban period. Still he is not apologized the nation which I was expecting from him. I know its huge embarrassment and humiliation but he has to do it.

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  • Faraz
    Mar 1, 2012 - 7:06PM

    At least he is accepting the crime, well done Amir, first step! Time for the Pakistanis to learn, too, to not accept corrupt people all the time, it really is disappointing to see the comments above, people not accepting his crime, his corruption and wanting him to come back without paying the price for the damage he did to the country, unless Pakistanis change their way of life, honor the rule of the law, there is nothing, absolutely nothing that is going to change in Pakistan and Amir’s case is a prime example…of people wanting a corrupt player (yes, he is) to come back to the ranks without serving (honoring) his ban. At least Amir recognizes this, unlike the law-ignorant fellow Pakistanis! challenge his ban on what basis? he cheated against us all and the country, at least let him serve his ban and have an education in the meanwhile. Don’t bring further embarrassment to our country, PLEASE!

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  • shak
    Mar 1, 2012 - 7:22PM

    it is sad to see self righteous people saying that he should never play because he took bribe…….i don’t know of many pakistanis that have not given or taken a bribe to get something done…..

    I see the argument that he was representing the country…..but come on, one No Ball wasn’t gonna make us lose the match. I am not condoning what he did. He committed a crime and he got his punishment, so everyone should hope for the best that he learned his lesson and may Allah guide him and all of us on righteous path and I hope he gets a chance at redemption.

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  • Zeta
    Mar 1, 2012 - 8:10PM

    @Ch Allah Daad:
    You have very backward mentality. He served his sentence for a petty crime and now he is fully eligible again for taking part in the team. It must be remembered, when the so called crime was committed, he wasn’t an adult.

    Your country is being run by hardcore much bigger criminals, what do you got to say about that?

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  • Aslam Nisar
    Mar 1, 2012 - 8:51PM

    The most natural bowling talent in last two decades…unfortunately wasted. Indeed sadRecommend

  • Rizvi
    Mar 1, 2012 - 9:13PM

    He will be cleared of his ban in the next 1-2 years. ICC have been impressed by his behaviour and conduct, and inshallah he can rock 2015 World Cup

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  • Mohammad
    Mar 1, 2012 - 9:41PM

    I wish , we can get corrupt politicians in this country banned as well. Amir should learn a hard lesson from this.

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  • Shamy
    Mar 1, 2012 - 10:02PM

    Just saw the poll results. Cant believe there are still people voting on “YES” …!! he’s guilty for Gods sake !…why should he appeal after pleading guilty ?

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  • Faraz
    Mar 1, 2012 - 10:48PM

    @Zeta:
    Not an adult? Excuse me but Islam encourages you to get married by this age! It means you are adult enough to know what’s right or wrong. So how possibly was Amir NOT an adult when he committed the crime?? He was 17 and to me that’s good enough to be punished. Not 8 or 9 when you really don’t know much.

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  • Faraz
    Mar 1, 2012 - 10:58PM

    @shak:
    So keep on bowling no balls, take bribe, keep cheating and you will be happy with it, just like you are happy with the corrupt politicians ruling over us, everyone taking their share. As a society, this tells me that we can’t even differentiate between what’s right or wrong, what’s legal and what’s illegal, individual benefits don’t or shouldn’t count. No wonder, we find themselves in this state and cry over corrupt politicians when we ourselves are corrupt in our daily lives. Societies don’t progress with ‘Let-me-make-some-I-am-not-hurting-anybody, attitude’. But who I am saying this to, we are all corrupt.

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  • sarita talwai
    Mar 1, 2012 - 11:17PM

    Amir deserves to have a better future.For those who say he was old enough to know right from wrong-well, he has served his term.He needs to look ahead with hope and I hope your country supports him.Have all of you forgotten the pulls and pressures of the peer group when you were teens?And I am sure you all have come out of it as fairly productive adults.

    He needs to know that he has a safe and supportive environment to hone his talent and he has a place waiting for him in the Pak team.

    After all if the crooks that run our countries are elected again and again why should you be so harsh with him?

    Like all teenagers he needs some TLC and I hope some of the comments reflect it.

    A concerned counsellor

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  • Pakistani First
    Mar 2, 2012 - 12:23AM

    ICC should allow him to play domestic level cricket so that he can stay fit for the remainder of his ban. I’m not in favour of allowing him to play international cricket before his ban ends. Juvenile or adult that does not matter, a crime was commited and he has to pay for it.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Mar 2, 2012 - 2:38AM

    @ Zeta, As a convicted criminal he would not be granted Visas to enter other countries. Its a simple fact which you should know. Sometimes I feel bad for Imran that his supporters are so naive.

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  • Dave Burnstorm
    Mar 2, 2012 - 3:01AM

    I saw Bill Clinton the president of USA apologising for something even lower in morality then what this young man did, he was pordoned by his nation and the world, why cant he at the age of 19 be forgiven and allowed to rock the cricket world once again with his pace bowling smashing wickets??

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  • young at 21
    Mar 2, 2012 - 7:46AM

    he is now 21………!!!!!!!! not 19……may be media thinks he is another meera….ageless….!!!!

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  • Mar 2, 2012 - 7:58AM

    Sensible move. Time is on your side INSHALLAH. Have Patience and display good behavior. Maybe, you may be let off the hook. Nevertheless, be careful of the glitter of money earned through foul means. Salams to Pakistan

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  • Mar 2, 2012 - 9:14AM

    it is pcb to stand up for young aamir – for he is your counterman, he will feel proud, pcb take up his case – no other country/body will come for his rescue – dont worry aamir things will be fine – it always rains in ones life – then dawn breaks up……….!

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