x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Butt and Aamer say ICC didn't listen to them

Pair suspended over spot-fixing allegations claim their appeals were not properly heard.

Mohammad Aamer heads towards the ICC’s headquarters in Dubai to make his appeal.
Mohammad Aamer heads towards the ICC’s headquarters in Dubai to make his appeal.

ISLAMABAD // Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer yesterday accused the International Cricket Council (ICC) of not really listening to their appeals against provisional bans for an alleged involvement in spot-fixing.

The ICC's code of conduct commission upheld the suspensions of Butt, Aamer and Mohammad Asif - who withdrew his appeal last week - on Sunday after a two-day hearing in Dubai.

The trio were suspended in September after a British newspaper alleged money was paid for bowling no-balls at pre-arranged times in the Test against England at Lord's in August in a spot-fixing scam.

Butt, the former Test captain, and Aamer, the fast bowling sensation, returned to Pakistan yesterday and expressed their disappointment at the outcome of the hearing, which was overseen by Michael Beloff, the code of conduct commission chief

"They heard us but [it was] as if 'say whatever you want to say, we have come with a decision'," Butt said.

"Their decision was not based on a single piece of evidence against us. We requested from them the next date of the hearing but they didn't give us [it]."

Aamer said he felt the ICC had made up its mind before the hearing that the suspension would remain in place.

"[Before leaving for Dubai] we felt the case will be in our favour, but when he gave the decision it looked as if he had written the decision before."

Aamer also requested that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Pakistan's government come forward to help resolve the case.

Pakistan is due to send its 30-member list of probable players for next year's World Cup to the ICC by November 30.

Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, said the three could be included only if they were exonerated by the ongoing investigation.

"If they get exonerated then we can [ask] permission from the ICC to include them," Ijaz Butt said.

"Suspended players could not be included, that is very loud and clear."

The ICC has not given an estimate of how long the investigation will take.

Ijaz also said yesterday that the national team only needs bowling and fielding coaches and that batsmen should be responsible for preparing themselves before selection.

"When a player [batsman]comes to Test cricket ... if he needs coaching he should not have been selected," said the often controversial PCB chairman.

There had been calls for the PCB to hire a batting coach in the wake of some poor performances against South Africa in the current series in the UAE.

Only a stunning 72-ball 109 by Abdul Razzaq saved Pakistan from what would have been their fourth consecutive defeat against South Africa.

Waqar Younis, the head coach, and his assistant, Aqib Javed, are both former bowlers.

"I am not an expert," Ijaz said. "Ask the chairman of selectors. When our captain [Shahid Afridi] returns ask him, he is an expert, ask our coach he is an expert."

"What I do believe is that bowling and fielding are the areas in which you need help all the time."