PCB rejects Amir's 'ignorance' claim over spot-fixing offence

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 05, 2011 05:32 hrs

The Pakistan Cricket Board has refuted tainted pacer Mohammad Amir's claim that the board had 'not educated him enough about nti-corruption laws'.

"A section of the media has reported a purported statement of Mohammad Amir in which he has claimed that PCB did not educate him relating to anti corruption codes that Players are to abide on. PCB would like it known for the record that this claim is in total contradiction to the facts," the board said in a statement.

In March 2010, Amir had signed the Code of Conduct for players when he was issued his Central Contract, the statement said, adding that the code of conduct clearly states that by signing the same the player commits to abiding by all ICC rules regarding betting, match fixing, corruption, and any matter that could call into question the integrity of the game.

"Amir acknowledged that he understood the code and his responsibilities under the same. Amir also committed that he would abide by these rules and any others formulated in this regard," the PCB stated, adding that Pakistani players are given Urdu translations of the Central Contract along with the English version when signing the same.

Jailed Amir blames PCB for lack of education

"Furthermore, Amir participated in a number of ICC tournaments, including the U-19 World Cup and two T20 world cups, where he attended anti corruption lectures. Before any International tour, of which Amir was a part of as well, the team management gives a number of lectures to the players warning them of the dangers of associating with strangers," the statement pointed out.

The PCB expressed the hope that 'certain section of the media would not participate in the baseless and unfound reporting' harming the image of Pakistan Cricket.

Amir, along with former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif, was pronounced guilty by London's Southwark Crown Court on November 3 for their involvement in a spot-fixing scam during last year's Lord's Test against England.

Butt was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail, Asif for a year, and Amir for six months.

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