Cricketer Mohammad Aamir will not challenge ban

Pakistan’s teenage paceman Mohammad Aamer has decided not to appeal against a five-year ban imposed on him for spot-fixing during the 2010 Lord’s Test against England, an official said on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Aamer was released from a British prison last month after serving half of a six-month sentence for his part in the scandal during the Test between England and Pakistan in 2010.

His teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif are serving 30- and 12-month sentences respectively, handed down by a British court in November.

All three players were found guilty of corruption and receiving illegal money.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) also banned the trio for violating the players’ code of conduct, with Aamer receiving the minimum five-year punishment.

“Through his lawyer, Aamer has informed us that he has no intention of filing an appeal against the ban,” an ICC spokesman told AFP from Dubai.

Under the rules, Aamer could have appealed against the ban in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland, but legal experts believe he lost that possibility after pleading guilty in Britain.

Aamer, who returned to Pakistan on Sunday, has vowed to revive his career. After his debut in 2009 and until the scandal broke, he was considered the brightest new talent in international cricket.

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