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ICC to probe Aamer ban breach
- Pacer says he was told playing in a ‘friendly’ would not contravene his suspension

The International Cricket Council has launched an inquiry after Mohammed Aamer banned for five years by the ICC for spot-fixing played for village side Addington 1743 in a Surrey Cricket League game against St Luke’s.

On hearing of the investigation, the Pakistani bowler said he was shocked to learn that the match in question was in fact a league fixture, and told “I was informed by club representatives before the game that it was a friendly match, being played on a privately-owned cricket ground.

“I asked the club representatives if the match fell under the jurisdiction of the ECB and they informed me that the match did not.

“I spoke to several club representatives about the issue and they all told me that it was a friendly match and therefore would not contravene my ban from the ICC. I was informed that I was fine to play.”

The ICC ban states Aamer must not take part in any cricket-related activity whatsoever during the length of his ban.

He added: “I would not be stupid enough to knowingly play in a match that I knew would contravene my ban. Wherever I am going to play cricket, the world will know about it. I would not be stupid enough to play in a match where I knew that I would be taking a risk.”

The club’s website confirms that a player named Mohammed Aamer appeared for the team on Saturday against a team called St Luke’s CC.

The statistics show that he took four wickets in seven overs, conceding just nine runs. He hit 60 runs with the bat as Addington won by 81 runs.

The match is likely to have come under the jurisdiction of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), who are themselves investigating.

A statement said: “The ECB has been notified of an allegation that Mohammed Aamer, the Pakistan international cricketer who is the subject of ongoing criminal proceedings in the English courts, played in a Surrey Cricket League Division 1 cricket match on 4 June 2011 for Addington (1743) CC against St Lukes CC.

“The ECB is investigating and liaising with the ICC as appropriate, but in light of the ongoing criminal proceedings, the ECB will not be making any further public comment about this matter.”

Earlier, ICC spokesman James Fitzgerald said: “We have heard the reports and we are investigating. The suspension very clearly states that it is a suspension from all forms of cricket and all cricket-related activities.”

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