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Aamir's return to cricket will take some time: ICC

PTI 24 Nov 2014, 20:59:43 PM IST

New Delhi: Acknowledging the receipt of PCB's request letter for tainted pacer Mohammad Aamir's early return to cricket, ICC CEO Dave Richardson Monday said that the international body has taken note of the issue but the matter will take some time to get resolved.

"The PCB has written to us regarding Muhammed Aamir. But there is a process to be followed," said Richardson.

"Interviews need to be conducted with the player involved to establish his state of mind and how he has progressed. And things will be taken from there. So it's not going to be a short process but one which will require our attention," Richardson said on the sidelines of an ICC event where luxury watch brand 'Hublot' was announced as the official timekeeper of the 2015 World Cup.

Earlier a PCB official had confirmed to PTI that PCB had conveyed to its international counterpart that Pakistan want an early return for Aamir in domestic cricket.

"We have conveyed to the ICC that we would like Aamir to be given permission to play domestic cricket before his ban ends in August 2015," the official said.

Aamir, 22, is serving a five year ban imposed on him and his teammates, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, by the ICC after the spot fixing scandal broke out during Pakistan's tour of England in late 2010.

The ICC recently revised its anti-corruption code, allowing the the anti-corruption unit chief to review a case of a banned player to make an early return to domestic cricket before the end of the ban.