Romance in the time of grilling for Aamer

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Karachi: Pakistan’s
banned pacer Mohammed Aamer is head-over-heels in love with his lawyer
Sajida Malik and both plan to get married soon, according to a report in a
leading newspaper here.

The report, quoting sources, said that
the female lawyer who is a British citizen, has accompanied her client to
Lahore so that she could meet his parents.

“Apparently Aamer
fell in love with Sajida Malik when the spot-fixing scandal began in 2010
and their friendship and love have grown in the last one year,” the
report claimed.

Sajida, who was born in the United Kingdom but is
said to be fluent in Punjabi and English, was introduced on the legal team
by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) when the spot-fixing scandal first
erupted in England.

According to the report, at one time when
former PCB chairman Ijaz Butt was meeting the legal team in London, in
which Aamer and Sajida were also present, an interesting incident took
place.

The report says that Sajida took a few sips from a glass
of water and put it down with her lipstick embossed on the glass. Minutes
later, Aamer surprised everyone when he picked up the glass and drank the
remaining water despite the lipstick marks on the glass, prompting Butt to
remark to one of his colleagues that it appeared the two were in love!

The
report claims that though the lawyer is a few years older than Aamer, they
are in love and will get married with their families’ consent.

Aamer,
19, returned home last week after serving three months in a young
offenders institution in the UK for his role in the spot-fixing scandal,
but he is still under a five-year ban from the International Cricket
Council (ICC).

Aamer, however, will not challenge the ban imposed
on him by the ICC. An ICC spokesman confirmed they had got in writing from
Aamer that he was not going to appeal the ban.

“Mohammed Aamer
told the ICC last week that he will not be pursuing the appeal against his
five year ban,” the spokesman said.

Under the ICC Code of
Conduct, Article VII, any player who is banned or suspended cannot appeal
to the ICC against the punishment. But he has the right to pursue and
appeal the matter with CAS.

Aamer, along with his banned
teammates Salman Butt and Mohammed Asif, had filed an appeal against the
bans imposed by the ICC anti-corruption tribunal last year. But they did
not pursue the appeal as they were busy facing criminal charges for
spot-fixing in London.




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