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CRICKET: Pakistan bowler set to returns after five-year ban

Published:Saturday | January 24, 2015 | 8:37 AM

Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir is set to return to first-class cricket next month after the conditions of his five-year ban for spot-fixing were relaxed.



Amir was jailed for six months for his part in a 2010 betting scam with teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif.



The International Cricket Council (ICC) has now reviewed its anti-corruption code allowing banned players to play domestic cricket before their ban ends.



The ICC will decide next week when Amir can return to the game.



His five-year ban is set to expire in August this year.



A Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman says it is likely that Amir will get a reprieve to play domestic cricket very soon.



Amir became the youngest player to take 50 wickets in Test cricket in a game against England at Trent Bridge in 2010.



He was punished for his part in a plot to deliberately bowl no-balls in Pakistan's Test match against England at Lord's in August 2010.



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