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London: The International Cricket Council has deferred a decision on whether the terms of Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Aamer’s five-year suspension from playing should be relaxed.
Aamer, 21, is halfway through a suspension that was imposed by the ICC early in 2011, for his part in spot-fixing during the 2010 Lord’s Test.
Aamer is keen to resume playing. A relaxation of the terms of his ban, which would allow him to play domestic cricket in Pakistan, had been mooted.
However, the ICC board decided during a two-day meeting in London, which finished on Saturday, to review Aamer’s ban again once “a more robust and strengthened” anti-corruption code has been put in place.
A revised anti-corruption code is due to be submitted to the ICC board for discussion and approval in January.
The ICC has also extended the deadline for Bangladesh to complete work on the stadiums that will host matches during next year’s World Twenty20 competition to Nov. 30.
The ICC board has also agreed to maintain the current playing conditions for ODIs, bad light and the controversial DRS system.
“The ICC board was informed that a revised version of a more robust and strengthened ICC anti-corruption code will be submitted for discussion/approval at the January 2014 meeting,” said a statement issued by the world body.
“During the discussion, the matter of Mohammad Aamer’s five-year ban also came up for discussion.The ICC board decided to review the matter in due course after the revised ICC anti-corruption code has been finalised and adopted.”
Prior to this weekend’s meeting, the PCB, who have taken up Aamer’s case, had set great store by the opinion of a senior British lawyer or QC that the bowler’s “unjust and perverse” ban should be relaxed to at least allow him to play first-class cricket, given his admission of guilt and appearance in ICC anti-corruption videos. (Agencies)