ECB asks for Mohammad Amir appearance explanation

Mohammad Amir
Amir was found guilty by the ICC in February

The Surrey Cricket Board has been asked to help with an England & Wales Cricket Board investigation into Mohammad Amir's appearance for a village side.

Pakistan fast bowler Amir, 19, played for Addington 1743 on Saturday, despite having been suspended from cricket for five years for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal in 2010.

"The ECB has requested the Surrey Cricket Board to assist it in its investigation," an ECB statement read.

Amir denied he had broken the ban.

The teenager told "I was informed by club representatives before the game that it was a friendly match, being played on a privately-owned cricket ground.

"I asked the club representatives if the match fell under the jurisdiction of the ECB and they informed me that the match did not.

"I spoke to several club representatives about the issue and they all told me that it was a friendly match and therefore would not contravene my ban from the ICC [International Cricket Council]. I was informed that I was fine to play."

Amir, who took four wickets and scored 60 runs against St Luke's in the village match, was found guilty by the ICC in February of deliberately bowling no balls in the spot-fixing scandal against England.

Pakistan captain Salman Butt and seamer Mohammad Asif were also banned, receiving sentences of 10 and seven years respectively.

The trio, along with a fourth man, Mazhar Majeed, are due to face trial at Southwark Crown Court in October accused of cheating and conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments. They deny the charges.

An ECB statement added: "ECB has also written separately to Addington 1743 CC seeking a full written explanation from the club of the events leading up to Amir's appearance in the match.

"The decision came after ECB confirmed Addington 1743 CC falls under its regulatory jurisdiction by virtue of the club being affiliated to the Surrey Cricket Board. The ECB will also continue to assist the ICC with its own inquiry into the matter."

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