ICC clears Pakistan's Amir from spot-fixing ban

Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja bemoaned the waste of talent like Mohammad Amir. (GETTY)

Banned Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has received an early reprieve for a return to domestic cricket following his cooperation with anti-corruption officials, the International Cricket Council said on Thursday.

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Amir were all banned for spot-fixing during Pakistan's tour of England in 2010, particularly for incidents during the fourth Test at Lord's.

Amir's five-year ban was scheduled to expire on Sept. 2 but the 22-year-old could return to domestic cricket with immediate effect, the ICC said in a statement.  

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