Spot-fixing charges cost Aamer Yorkshire deal
The spot-fixing allegation has cost tainted Pakistani pacer Mohammad Aamer a 100,000 pounds deal with the Yorkshire county.cricket Updated: Sep 11, 2010 20:43 IST
The spot-fixing allegation has cost tainted Pakistani pacer Mohammad Aamer a 100,000 pounds deal with the Yorkshire county.
Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon said on Saturday that Aamer was the number one cricketer on the list of overseas players for the 2011 season. But after the pacer was charged by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) corruption unit, he has started to look elsewhere.
"Aamer is a magnificent young bowler and we were interested in signing him for the next season," Moxon was quoted as saying by The Sun.
"He would have tapped into the local Asian population but it is fair to say we are now looking elsewhere."
The 18-year-old fast bowler flew back home to Pakistan on Saturday along with fellow suspects Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif after the London police permitted them to leave.
Legendary former batsman Geoffrey Boycott is a global talent spotter for Yorkshire, and it was he who suggested Aamer to the county.
The ICC's anti-corruption unit is investigating the spot-fixing scandal in which suspended skipper Butt allegedly instructed bowlers Aamer and Asif to bowl deliberate no-ball on precise moments during the fourth Test against England at Lords.
First Published: Sep 11, 2010 20:42 IST