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Aamer could be ICC informant to save his skin

Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 12:53 [IST]
 
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Aamer mulling over ICC informant role

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Aamer is reportedly contemplating to become an informant for the ICC investigators in the 'spot-fixing" scandal which has rocked the game of cricket.

The 18-year-old bowler who is one of the prime accused in the alleged spot-fing scam is currently in Pakistan under heavy security, and is believed to be staying in a remote village in Punjab province, where he is considering his next move.

According to the Courier Mail, the 18-year-old wants to tell his story and possibly give evidence against Test captain Salman Butt and fellow fast bowler Mohammad Asif, who are under investigation for alleged involvement in a 150,000-pound betting scam.

Given his tender age, inexperience and potential co-operation with authorities, it is believed that Aamer could receive lighter penalty compared to the life bans on others if they are found guilty.

However, choosing to save his skin could have dire consequences, as it would not go down well with the illegal bookies and gangsters behind the scandals.

But reports suggest that Aamer is willing to take the risk.

According to a report in 'the Daily Telegraph', Aamer is ready for the "high-risk roll of the dice that could put his life in danger."

British tabloid 'News of The World" has alleged that the three cricketers were involved in a 150,000-pound 'spot-fixing" racket with London-based Mazhar Majeed.

The tabloid claims that they have video evidence to prove that the players were bribed to bowl 'no-balls" in the Lord"s Test against England.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has provisionally suspended the three players pending a decision on the charges.

“In accordance with the provisions of the code, this means they are immediately barred from participating in all cricket and related activities until the case has been concluded," the ICC had said in a statement.

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