4 Aug 2014

Banned Aamer hopes for earlier return to cricket

3:52 pm on 4 August 2014

The disgraced Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Aamer says he hopes to return to the game before a five-year ban ends next year if the world cricket body amends its anti-corruption code.

Aamer's spot-fixing ban ends in September 2015, but Pakistani cricket officials have applied for it to be relaxed, with the matter likely to be finalised in October.

The 22-year-old says he's counting every day with his fingers crossed.

Aamer was found guilty of spot-fixing during a Test at Lord's in 2010 with two teammates, spent three months in a British jail and was banned in 2011 from the game by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

He says it's all up to the ICC whether he's able to return to international cricket or play in domestic matches.

The Pakistan cricket board last year requested the ICC relax some of the conditions of Aamer's ban to allow him to take part in domestic matches.

That prompted the ICC to form a committee to look into the matter as it agreed to review its anti-corruption code which carries a minimum five-year ban for offenders.

Aamer became the youngest player ever to take 50 Test wickets and guided Pakistan to a 1-1 series draw against Australia when the two teams played in England in June 2010.