'Thankful' Aamer hopes to play international cricket 'as soon as possible'

Sydney, July 3 (ANI): Banned Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Aamer has said that he was 'thankful' at the prospect of certain conditions of his ban being relaxed and expressed his hope to play international cricket again 'as soon as possible'.

Aamer, along with former captain Salman Butt and pace partner Mohammad Asif, was banned for a minimum of five years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on charges of spot-fixing during Pakistan's tour of England in 2010, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

According to the report, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) interim chairman Najam Sethi had raised the issue of relaxing Aamer's ban at the annual meeting of the ICC in London, adding that on Monday a PCB spokesman said that that the ICC had formed a five-member committee to consider the ban.

Expressing his gratitude to Sethi for raising a voice for him on the ICC platform, Aamer , who was seen as a rapidly developing paceman in 2010, said that the fact that ICC has formed a committee has given him a new vigour to restart his career, adding that he is very happy at the prospect of getting a relaxation.

According to Aamer, this is the first time that someone in Pakistan cricket has made an effort for him.

The report further said that the three Test players, along with their agent Mazhar Majeed, were jailed on charges of corruption by a UK court in 2011, adding that although Aamer pleaded guilty before the UK court, Butt and Asif appealed against the ban in the Switzerland based Court of Arbitration for Sports, but were rejected in February this year.

Aamer also said he had apologised to the nation and has cooperated with the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU). (ANI)

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