Lahore-  Mohammad Amir has termed the International Cricket Council (ICC) decision of allowing him to play domestic cricket, a ‘new life’.

Amir addressed a news conference today and thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for supporting him during this ordeal.

Amir said he would require one month of training to regain his form and would answer his critics on the field. “My focus is on my performance and training.”

Earlier, the ICC following its board meeting in Dubai announced that Amir had been allowed to resume playing cricket, at the domestic level in Pakistan.

Amir’s five year ban is set to expire on 2 September 2015. Amir was banned along with former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and strike bowler Mohammad Asif for deliberately indulging in spot fixing in summer 2010.

The relaxation comes in light of the ICC having revised the players´ code of conduct, in November last year, adding a provision that allows a banned player to play in domestic games a certain period prior to the end of the ban.