ICC delays Amir's ban reduction request
21 October, 2013
LONDON: No positive progress has been made regarding the future of banned Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir during the two days ICC board meeting in London, Our Sources reported on Saturday.
The International Cricket Council did not take any decision to grant him a reprieve to resume his career and play domestic cricket.
During the meeting Amir's case was brought under consideration but the ICC officials denied Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) request by declaring that according to the current ICC's anti-corruption code, there is no provision for a reduction in sentence.
A revised version of the code, which an ICC release termed "more robust and strengthened" will be submitted for discussion at the board's next meeting, in January 2014.
The matter of Mohammad Amir's ban, which the PCB is looking to get reduced, will be discussed only after the new anti-corruption code is finalized, the ICC said.
Amir, 21, was jailed for six months and banned for five years for his part in a spot-fixing betting scam in 2010.
Moreover, the ICC has accepted the Bangladesh Cricket Board's request to extend the deadline for the readying of its stadiums for the 2014 World Twenty20 to November 30.
During the meeting the ICC board also approved an increase in the financial assistance provided to Afghanistan, through its Targeted Assistance Performance Programme (TAPP), to US$ 1.1m. This move was prompted by Afghanistan's qualification for the 2015 World Cup.