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Aamir returns home after release

27 February, 2012

LAHORE: M Aamir returned home early Sunday after his release from a British prison. The 19-year-old, who is also serving a five-year ICC ban, was released from Portland Prison in Dorset, south-west England on February 1.

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Aamir arrived at Lahore airport from London at 4:35 am and headed straight for his home in the Defence without speaking to media.

While talking to a news channel before leaving for Pakistan he said: "I am uncertain about my future. The last one and half year have been hell for me. I have missed my family and now I just want to spend maximum time with them now that I am returning home."  Aamir is likely to quickly start the process of trying to rescue his cricket career with his appeal in CAS, which he filed in in. The CAS is yet to announce a panel to hear the appeal and that will only be formed once Aamir takes the process further. The appeal has been delayed because of the criminal charges involved and the sentences imposed. Aamir will work with London-based solicitor Sajida Malik to draw up the appeal after Malik accompanied Aamir back to Pakistan.

The PCB has already made it clear that while it wanted the youngster to undergo rehabilitation and counselling, it had no plans to show any leniency to him and he would not be allowed to take part in any cricket activity at all.

"He will not even be allowed to use any of our facilities anywhere in Pakistan even for training," a board official said. But insiders in the Board have said that PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf and other senior members of the management wanted to find a way out to get the ICC to reduce the five year ban on Aamir.

"The Board believes he can be reformed and still has a lot to give to Pakistan cricket as a player in the near future. The Board does not want to waste a precious talent like him," one source said. Meanwhile, PCB legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi said the PCB has every right to question Aamir when feel necessary. "He had lied to us initially when the scandal broke out and later he changed his statement in court. So we want to get to the bottom of the truth in this case." Rizvi said no decision has been made as yet on when to call Aamir.

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