13 Feb 2011

Pakistan cricket appeals Aamer's ban

12:05 pm on 13 February 2011

The Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt has requested the International Cricket Council review the five-year ban on young paceman Mohammad Aamer on charges of corruption.

Aamer, Salman Butt, and Mohammad Asif were banned on charges of corruption during the Lord's Test against England last year.

Salman was banned for ten years, with five years suspended, and Asif for seven years, including a two-year suspended ban.

It was widely speculated that Aamer, aged only 18 and having never violated the ICC code of conduct in his two-year international career, would get a two or one-year ban, but the ICC anti-corruption tribunal had to impose five years, the minimum for this type of breach.

The head of Pakistan cricket admits the chances of the ICC reviewing or reducing the ban are remote.