As spot-fixing accused Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Amir awaits his verdict in the case which is due on Feb 5, there is fresh trouble brewing over his participation in a friendly cricket match at Rawalpindi.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is demanding an explanation from the Pakistan Cricket Board as to how and why Amir appeared for the match when he stands provisionally suspended from all levels of cricket in the wake of the Lord's Tets during Pakistan's tour of Engalnd in 2010.
The authorities are now investigating whether Amir's participation in the Rawalpindi game on Monday, Jan 24, is in fact a breach of the ICC's anti-corruption code of conduct. The ICC has barred Amir along with his fellow-accused - Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt - from playing even at club level if the concerned clubs are affiliated with the regional cricket body.
However, it is believed that the club Amir turned up for is not affiliated to the Rawalpindi Cricket Association. Local officials in Rawalpindi say Amir apologised after appearing in the game, saying he wasn't sure whether he could play in a game at that level.
Amir, along with Butt and Asif, was suspended by the ICC after the spot-fixing row centering around pre-planned no-balls erupted during the Lord's Test between England and Pakistan. An ICC anti-corruption tribunal heard the case relating to the three suspended players in Doha, Qatar, earlier this month and is due to announce its verdict on February 5.