Mohammad Amir faces new disciplinary action

Banned paceman Mohammad Amir is facing the threat of more disciplinary action after the 19-year-old admitted playing for a village side in Surrey last weekend.

Amir insists he was told that the match was a friendly and would not contravene his suspension.



The International Cricket Council have launched an inquiry after it emerged that Amir, who is serving a five-year ban, played in the Surrey league for club side Addington 1743 on Saturday.



Amir was banned by the ICC in February after being found guilty of deliberately bowling no balls in the spot-fixing scandal against England last year.



He has now said he was stunned to learn that the Addington match was a league game - he took four wickets and scored 60 with the bat against St Luke's CC.



Amir told PakPassion.net: "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. I was informed that I was fine to play."



The ICC ban states Amir must not take part in any cricket-related activity but he insists he believed he was okay to play in the game.



He added: "I would not be stupid enough to knowingly play in a match that I knew would contravene my ban. Wherever I am going to play cricket, the world will know about it. I would not be stupid enough to play in a match where I knew that I would be taking a risk."



The club's website confirmed that Amir appeared for the team on Saturday against St Luke's CC.



The statistics show that he took four wickets in seven overs, conceding just nine runs. He hit 60 runs with the bat as Addington won by 81 runs.



Amir was sanctioned by the ICC along with Pakistan captain Salman Butt, who was hit with a 10-year ban, and team-mate Mohammad Asif, who was banned for seven years.



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.



ICC spokesman James Fitzgerald said: "We have heard the reports and we are investigating.



"The suspension very clearly states that it is a suspension from all forms of cricket and all cricket-related activities."



Addington 1743 say on their club website that they own their own ground in "a very idyllic area" in Addington Village, near Croydon.



The website says: "We are a very welcoming club and are always on the look out for new players."



Club secretary Raheal Shafi insisted no money had been paid to Amir.



He said: "We've got a couple of guys who have contacts with people from the Pakistan team. They said it would be good if he could play, and it was a good day out for him and us.



"I got the news from our captain on Friday morning and we spoke to the league secretary, Robin Ford, on Friday just to make sure everything was fine ... and he was fine about it.



"He said there shouldn't be a problem. Robin Ford is associated with St Luke's and he is one of their members. The opposition were St Luke's and they did not have any objections.



"We are nowhere near Test or county standard and there was no money involved.



"He was very down to earth. He was relaxing and sitting on the grass and talking about life in Pakistan, life in England and where he has travelled."



The match is likely to have come under the jurisdiction of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), who are themselves investigating.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory
Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future