SHC throws out petition seeking ban on pace bowler Amir

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday threw out a petition seeking lifetime ban on pace bowler Mohammad Amir for his role in spot-fixing.

A division bench, headed by Chief Justice Faisal Arab, dismissed the petition over non-prosecution.

Amir was cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Jan 29 to play domestic cricket. Amir was serving a five-year ban imposed on him and his teammates, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif by the ICC after they were found involved in the spot fixing scandal during Pakistan’s tour of England in late 2010.

Rana Faizul Hassan, a civil rights campaigner and secretary general of an NGO, United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, had filed a petition requesting the court to impose life ban on the tainted players.

The petitioner had submitted that the left arm pace bowler brought bad name to the country by indulging in spot-fixing; nevertheless, he was allowed to play domestic cricket.

Rana claimed that some people were lobbying for his early return to international cricket for their ulterior motives, adding the tainted players should not be allowed to play either domestic or national cricket.

He pleaded the court to summon report from PCB for allowing Amir’s return to domestic cricket.

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