Mohammed Amir is preparing to play cricket again for the first time since he was banned for spot-fixing in 2010, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The former Pakistan starlet was just 18 when he became embroiled in the scandal that tarnished the entire national side, after the now defunct tabloid News of the World exposed some of the Men in Green’s illegal activity during their tour of England.
Despite being found guilty alongside former team mate Mohammed Asif and captain Salman Butt, Amir was given a more lenient sentence because of his age, and fears that he had been put under pressure by senior players.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has since revised its anti-corruption code, and new reforms mean that Amir will be permitted to play in domestic games before the end of his international ban.
That could pave the way for a sensational return against England – a somewhat unfortunate choice of opposition – who will visit the United Arab Emirates to play Pakistan in October of next year, a month after Amir is officially allowed to play for them again.
Now that Amir can play cricket in Pakistan, there is plenty of time for him to regain his form and fitness.
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However, while he will no doubt already be thinking about making an international comeback, it remains to be seen whether Pakistan will be willing to take the risk on a player whose name will forever be associated with a period they have been trying to forget.
Will Pakistan take him back?
In his favour is that he has co-operated with the ICC since his release from prison, and has been praised for his remorse. Indeed, his behaviour during the trial was contrasted with his former captain, Butt, who refused to admit guilt and failed in numerous attempts to overturn his conviction.
Amir has spent time working with anti-corruption officials, and has made efforts to keep up his fitness to prevent the ban from destroying his career. His potential return is certainly not good news for England. During the 2010 tour, he took 19 wickets and became the youngest Test bowler ever to take 50 wickets.
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