Disgraced Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Amir returned home early yesterday after his release from a British prison, an AFP reporter said.
Amir was one of three Pakistan players jailed by a judge in London in November over their roles in a plan to bowl deliberate no-balls during a Test against England at Lord’s in August 2010.
The 19-year-old who is also serving a five-year ban imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC), was released from Portland Prison in Dorset, south-west England on February 1.
Amir arrived at Lahore airport from London at 4:35am local time (2300GMT) and headed straight for his home in the Defence Housing Authority neighbourhood without speaking to media, an AFP reporter said.
Amir’s family members also refused to speak to media. Television footage showed Amir sitting in a white car as the vehicle entered his residence.
His mentor Asif Bajwa said the teenager had made a mistake and served his term, but was now focused on returning to the sport.
“He is in high spirits and I will meet him laterand will decide the future course of action, but he is keen to return to cricket,” Bajwa told AFP.
Bajwa said they would concentrate on rebuilding his tarnished image.