'Well behaved' Aamer is out of jail

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Published: Thursday, February 2, 2012, 11:40 [IST]
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Relief for Aamer as he is out of jail

London, Feb 2: Pakistan's prodigious bowler, Mohammad Aamer, one of the three cricketers to be jailed after they were found guilty for spot fixing in England, has been released following his good behaviour after serving just 3 months of his six month sentence.

The talented youngster, was released from the young offenders' institution in Weymouth, southwest England on Wednesday.

"Aamer is in high spirits and he will meet with his lawyers to decide when to appeal in Court of Arbitration against ICC's five-year suspension," Aamer's mentor, Asif Bajwa, said after speaking to the player.

"Now that he has served his punishment, I am very optimistic that ICC will also look into the long term suspension," he added.

The 19-year old cricketer, after he was freed from young offenders' institution, made a statement referring to Pakistan's recent victories over England in their first Test series since the fixing tainted 2010 series.

"I am delighted for the Pakistani cricket team. My thoughts are with them. I wish them every success. I will not be making any further comment," Aamer said in the statement.

Mohammed Aamer was sentenced for 6 months following his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal. He had bowled two pre-arranged no-balls against England at Lord's in August 2010. After pleading guilty, his punishment was reduced. He had to pay £9389, a compensation towards cost of prosecution.

The spot fixing row, started in August last year, went on ever since the cricketers were found guilty. Though the court had sentenced these cricketers for less than 3 years, they are not allowed to play cricket even after the completion of their term, as the International Cricket Council tribunal has banned them for a minimum of five years in February 2011.

Aamer showed a lot of maturity during the England tour in 2010 becoming the youngest cricketer to claim 50 test scalps. Soon after he was considered as a future prospect and termed him as young Wasim Akram in the making, but all dreams were shattered when he was implicated for bowling two pre-arranged no-balls.


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