Aamir defies ICC ban, plays in English village league

London: Banned Pakistan pacer Mohammed Aamir found himself in a fresh trouble after the ICC launched an investigation against him for playing in an English village league by defying the sanction imposed on him by the world body.

Aamir, who was banned for five years by the ICC in February from playing at any level anywhere in the world for his involvement in last year`s spot-fixing scandal, featured for Addington 1743 in a Surrey Cricket League Division One game last Saturday.

He faces the risk of an enhanced punishment if he is found to have breached the terms and conditions of the ban.

The village club`s website confirmed that a player named Mohammad Aamir appeared for the team on Saturday against a team called St Lukes CC, while Surrey Cricket League acting chairman Paul Harrison said it has notified the matter to the England and Wales Cricket Board.

According to reports, Aamir did not make any attempt to conceal his identity and even posed for pictures with the St Lukes players.

The 19-year-old fast bowler has, however, said that he featured in the match as he thought it was a friendly game and not an official one.

After the news broke out, the ICC immediately launched an investigation and contacted the ECB, which also confirmed Aamir`s participation in the match at the LSE ground in New Malden near London.

"We are investigating and awaiting the details. If true, it is clearly a breach of the sanction imposed in February.

The ban is absolutely worldwide covering all levels and any activities connected with cricket. What might happen next is a hypothetical question at this stage," ICC spokesman Colin Gibson said.