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‘Don’t see myself in 2015 Cup’

Karachi: Pakistan’s banned pacer Mohammed Aamer has ruled out any chances of playing in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Aamer, 22, who is serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing admitted he didn’t see any realistic chances of playing in the World Cup despite efforts from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to convince the International Cricket Council (ICC) to reduce the ban and allow him to resume playing cricket later this year.

A three-member sub committee of the ICC is due to meet in October to submit its final report on new anti-corruption laws which could allow Aamer the chance to resume training and play first class cricket before his ban ends officially in September, 2015.

“I don’t see myself playing in the World Cup. It is not realistic. Because all these things have to go through a process. I am just grateful to the cricket board for taking up my case. I will be ready whenever I am given the chance,” the youngster said.

Aamer also said that more stringent steps were required to curb the menace of spot and match-fixing in world cricket. “What I did was wrong and I got lost in all the fame and wealth. I went down the wrong path. They are people who try to lure cricketers down the wrong path and into corruption and they need to be stopped,” he said. (PTI)