Fast bowler Muhammad Amir has been released from prison in England, where he was serving a six-month sentence for spot-fixing. Amir, who was convicted last November for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal, was freed from Portland Young Offenders Institution in Dorset.
He, along with then skipper of Pakistan’s test squad Salman Butt and fellow fast bowler Muhammad Asif, were convicted by a British court for taking money from bookie Mazhar Majeed to bowl no-balls in a test match with Australia. Aamer was scheduled to release on February 9 but he apparently released on Wednesday.
Undercover reporters from now defunct British publication News Of The World had secretly videotaped Majeed during transaction. He will hold a series of meetings with his lawyers to finalise an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the five-year ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council.
In November 2011, Amir, Asif and Butt were found guilty by a London court. Although Amir has served half of his prison sentence, he has been released on bail for good behaviour, two days early.