Banned Pakistan pacer Mohammed Aamir found himself in a fresh trouble after the International Cricket Council (ICC) launched an investigation against him for playing in an English village league by defying the sanction imposed on him by the world body.
Aamir, who was banned for five years by the ICC in February from playing at any level anywhere in the world for his involvement in last year’s spot-fixing scandal, featured for Addington 1743 in a Surrey Cricket League Division One game last Saturday.
He faces the risk of an enhanced punishment if he is found to have breached the terms and conditions of the ban.
The village club’s website confirmed that a player named Mohammad Aamir appeared for the team on Saturday against a team called St Lukes CC, while Surrey Cricket League acting chairman Paul Harrison said it has notified the matter to the England and Wales Cricket Board.
According to reports, Aamir did not make any attempt to conceal his identity and even posed for pictures with the St Lukes players.
The 19-year-old fast bowler has, however, said that he featured in the match as he thought it was a friendly game and not an official one.
“I was informed by club representatives before the game that it was a friendly match, being played on a privately owned cricket ground. I asked the club representatives if the match fell under the jurisdiction of ECB and they informed me that the match did not," Aamir was quoted as saying.
After the news broke out, the ICC immediately launched an investigation and contacted the ECB, which also confirmed Aamir's participation in the match at the LSE ground in New Malden near London.
“We are investigating and awaiting the details. If true, it is clearly a breach of the sanction imposed in February. The ban is absolutely worldwide covering all levels and any activities connected with cricket. What might happen next is a hypothetical question at this stage,” ICC spokesman Colin Gibson said.
Witnesses said Aamir stole the show, scoring 60 runs before taking four wickets in an 81-run win over St Lukes.
“No one could quite believe it was him,” St Lukes batsman Karl Quinn, 37, was quoted as saying.