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Misbah in dark over Amir

Future unclear for released Pakistan bowler Amir

Misbah-ul-Haq: Sadness over spot fixing

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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has no idea when, or even if, Mohammad Amir will be allowed to play for Pakistan again in the future.

The teenage fast bowler has been released from prison after serving half of a six-month sentence for spot-fixng.

He was also handed an ongoing five-year ban from all cricket by the ICC after he, then Pakistan captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were all implicated in a plot to bowl deliberate no-balls for financial gain against England at Lord's.

All three were subsequently banned by the ICC and jailed after a high-profile court case.

"I'm not the concerned person," said Misbah. "The people who are concerned with that will decide.

"It's totally up to the management and what ICC and the (Pakistan) cricket board decide. We have nothing to do with that. Once he is available, then we'll decide what happens.".

Deterrents

Andrew Strauss, England captain in 2010, insists that deterrents must remain strong to deter any kind of repeat.

"It's not up to me to decide these things. It's up to the ICC to decide how long the bans should be.

"The deterrent should be very strong to stop these guys doing this again. They've suffered quite badly, they've obviously been to prison, but it's for the ICC to decide (what happens next).

"It's not my job to hand out bans or otherwise. All I've said all along is that the deterrent for match-fixing or spot-fixing should be as strong as it possibly can be to make sure people don't do it in the future."