Mohammad Amir released from jail

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been released from Portland Young Offenders Institution in Dorset after serving half of a six-month sentence for taking part in a spot-fixing scandal.

Amir, who has a visa to stay in England until the end of March, is expected to spend the next few weeks in London before returning to his native Pakistan.

He will meet his lawyers to draw up an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the five-year ban imposed on him by the ICC.

“What has happened is beyond Amir and, when I talked to him on the phone, he was in high spirits,” Mentor Asif Bajwa said.

“He will stay in England for the next two weeks to discuss an appeal against the ICC ban.”

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and paceman Mohammad Asif were found guilty of taking part in the same spot-fixing plot and were jailed for 30 months and one year respectively.

Mazhar Majeed, 36, the London-based sports agent who organised the scam, was jailed for two years and eight months.

Amir might be given a chance to resurrect his international career if ICC permits him to play again, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said.

“Whenever he is cleared by the International Cricket Council and serves his punishment, we think he needs intense counselling and then the selectors can decide about him,” Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf said.

“As far as his playing again is concerned that is for the selectors to decide because there is no doubt about his immense talent and he is still very young.”

“But let me be clear the PCB will not help or provide him any assistance at all in his appeal against the ICC ban.”

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