Amir can be selected after ban: PCB chief

Pakistan cricket chief Zaka Ashraf yesterday said paceman Mohammad Amir can be considered for national selection after he has served the five year ban handed to him in a 2010 spot-fixing case.

Mohd Amir

The 19-year-old is serving a six-month jail term in England over a spot-fixing scandal. The case was related to charges of deliberate no-balls during the Lord's Test against England in 2010.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ashraf said all three players had stained the image of the country.

"PCB cannot side with anyone who has done wrong and because of them the name of the country was stained," Ashraf said at a press club function in Karachi.

"Whenever Amir is cleared by the ICC and serves his punishment, we think he needs intense counselling and then we will take guidance from the ICC about him on whether there was any hitch on his playing," added Ashraf.

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