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Mohammad Amir backs life bans for match-fixers

Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir agrees with England captain Alastair Cook that match-fixers should be banned for life.

Amir was suspended for five years and served three months in prison after being found guilty of spot-fixing during the 2010 Lord’s Test.

The 24-year-old will return to the same ground next month as part of the Pakistan team for the first of a four-Test summer tour of England.

Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir

                                          Mohammad Amir has played only limited-overs cricket for Pakistan since his five-year ban expired


“I fully back that fixers should be banned for life,” he said.

“If fixing is still happening, then it’s really alarming.”

Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir
                                                                                      Mohammad Amir (centre) has taken 51 wickets in 14 Tests


Left-arm fast bowler Amir said he felt “seriously lucky” to be able to resume his Test career.

“I was all excited for Test cricket because that is where my career was held back and I still can’t believe that this is happening,” he said.

Amir and new-ball partner Mohammad Asif were found to have bowled deliberate no-balls for money.

The duo, and then Test captain Salman Butt, were found guilty of corruption by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in February 2011, and sent to prison in November of the same year following a criminal trial at Southwark Crown Court.

Cook said he had “no problem” facing Amir as he has “served his time”.

He added: “In my opinion – because it’s become a bit more prevalent – the ICC should come out and say that if you are caught match-fixing you are banned for life.”

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