Islamabad, Nov 3: Suspended Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir is confident that he would come out clean in the "spot-fixing" hearing being conducted by the International Cricket Council (ICC)'s code of conduct commission. Amir, Test captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, were suspended in September after a British tabloid alleged that they were involved in "spot-fixing" the Lord's Test against England in August.
"All bowlers bowl no-balls it can happen with anyone, but that does not mean I have done spot-fixing," the Daily Times quoted Amir, as saying. "It is a fact that Mazhar Majeed is my agent and a good friend, but it does not mean I am doing any fixing in matches."
The 18-year-old also made it clear that he had not adopted a progressive and richer lifestyle from black money or by indulging in fixing.
"I was a member of the team that won the Twenty20 World Cup last year and we got a lot of prize money and bonuses. We get paid Rs.200,000 to Rs.250,000 for every ODI and around Rs.300,000 to Rs.350,000 for a Test match," Amir said. "I am also doing endorsements. So, I am earning good money and that is how I purchased the house in Lahore."
The ICC's code of conduct commission, headed by Michael Beloff, upheld the trio's suspensions after a two-day hearing in Dubai on Sunday. The innocence or guilt of the players will now be judged at an independent tribunal, the date of which has yet to be set.