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CRICKET: Mohammad Amir set to return after five-year ban

Published:Thursday | January 29, 2015 | 1:18 PM

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been cleared to return early from his five-year ban for spot-fixing.



Left-armer Amir, was jailed for six months and banned from all cricket for his part in a spot-fixing scam during Pakistan's tour of England in 2010.



He delivered pre-arranged no balls at Lord's in a plot that also saw Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt banned.



Amir's ban was due to expire on September 2, 2015, but he has been cleared to play domestic cricket in Pakistan.



The International Cricket Council (ICC), the Pakistan Cricket Board and Sir Ronnie Flanagan, the head of the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, approved Amir's domestic return.



Before his suspension, Amir took 51 wickets in 14 Test matches at an average of 29.09, and 25 wickets in 15 One-Day Internationals at an average of 24.



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