Pakistan fast bowler, Mohammad Aamer, looked to be in trouble over a match fixing rumour during the first match of the Asia Cup 2010. However, the ICC has given him a clean chit, with Pakistan heaving a sigh of relief.
Pakistan lost the first match of the Asia Cup to hosts Sri Lanka, but more drama was in store as television footage appeared to suggest that Aamer was talking on a cell phone just as he was padding up to bat.
However, the ICC has refuted the suggestion of the footage and released a statement to the effect.
The ICC statement released, “There is no evidence of Aamer making use of a mobile phone while sitting in the dressing room during the match against Sri Lanka at Dambulla yesterday.
There is therefore no suggestion that he has violated any norms or protocols of the ACSU Minimum Standards for Players and Match Officials Area (PMOA).
Although the very short video clips that are publicly available could mislead viewers into thinking he was holding on to a cell phoneand speaking to someone, upon closer scrutiny the fact emerges that Mohammad was actually holding on to the front grill of his helmet, adjusting it, and at the same time making a comment to his team manager, Yawar Saeed, seated to his immediate left.
The ACSU has also confirmed that, as is the normal practice, all cell phones of the players and officials were collected prior to start of the game and that Aamer did not have access to his cell phone, during the match.”