Karachi: PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf on Thursday backed disgraced paceman Mohammad Aamer by declaring him a national asset and hinted that the Board may help the young fast bowler in returning to international fold.
"He is our national asset and if he makes any appeal to us over his ban period we will look into it," Ashraf told reporters in Islamabad.
Interestingly, Geo News said that Aamer would not appeal against the five-year ban imposed on him by the ICC, to the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Switzerland.
Quoting the ICC the channel said Aamer had sent in writing to the ICC that he had no intentions of pushing his appeal with the CAS.
These latest developments indicate that Aamer might in the near future get some support from the PCB in requesting the ICC to reduce his ban period.
"Apparently Aamer has been advised that if he doesn't pursue his appeal he might get some reprieve in future and the PCB will help him out in this," one source said.