Mohammad Amir, Pakistan’s pace bowler who was convicted and jailed for his role in the spot-fixing scandal that hit cricket in 2010, has been released from Portland Young Offenders Institution in Dorset. He served about three months of the six-month sentence.
Amir, who has the visa to stay in England till March will meet his lawyers in a bid to make an appeal against his ban for five years from playing cricket. He will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Three Pakistani cricketers, Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were banned by the ICC and later jailed for varying times by an English court for being involved in a spot-fixing scandal in England. The court had ruled that the trio were guilty of spot-fixing.
The ICC had banned the trio for five years as well, with Butt and Asif given further suspended sentences.
The crime had come to light after a sting operation by the News of the World had their player-agent accepting money to send down no-balls at pre-decided times in a Test match.
Later, Butt was sentenced to two and a half years of imprisonment and Asif was sent to jail for 12 months.