LHC declares Amir ‘eligible’ for national squad

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday has declared  Mohammad Amir eligible for national team.
According details, the court conducted a hearing on a petition challenging the player’s selection in upcoming New Zealand series.
During the court proceeding, the judge dismissed the plea and stated that Amir is eligible for representing the country at international level.
Amir, along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, was banned after a spot-fixing scandal on the 2010 tour of England. The trio were charged for accepting illegal money in return for deliberate no-balls during the Lord s Test against England.
The three players were also jailed by a UK court in 2011.
But the International Cricket Council in September this year allowed them to return to international cricket.
Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan on Tuesday said he had refused to accept one-day captain Azhar Ali’s resignation over the widely-tipped selection of convicted spot-fixer Mohammad Amir, saying the team could not afford a crisis at this time.
Ali had tendered his resignation to protest Amir s prospective return to the national team for next month s tour of New Zealand, almost six years after he was banned and jailed for deliberately bowling no-balls as part of a betting scam in a Test match.
Ali and former Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez refused to train with Amir in the national team s fitness camp last week but returned after being threatened with disciplinary action.

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