PESHAWAR, November 11: The International Cricket Council has approved amendments in its anti-corruption code but left it on disposal of the home boards to allow banned players to return early to domestic cricket.

A player would need the agreement of the chairman of the anti-corruption board, Sir Ronnie Flannagan, and the relevant National Cricket Federation, and approval of the ICC Board to return to domestic competition before the expiry of his ban.

The revised code will help Pakistan player Mohammad Amir’s early return to domestic cricket, which is likely in February 2015.

After he pleaded guilty to a spot-fixing crime, the Pakistan Cricket Board had demanded the ICC relax certain conditions of Amir’s ban last year.

Amir, now 22, was banned along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif in a spot-fixing scandal on Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010.

Amir was banned for five years, Butt for 10 (with five suspended) and Asif for seven (two suspended).

All the three players, also jailed in Britain, had reportedly orchestrated deliberate no-balls in return for money.


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