The International Cricket Council rejects appeals by Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer against suspensions for spot-fixing.
ICC rejects Pakistan cricketers’ fixing appeal
The code of conduct commissioner of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Michael Beloff, on Sunday rejected the appeals of Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer against suspensions for spot-fixing.
The two, along with fast bowler Mohammad Asif, were provisionally suspended by the ICC over allegations they were involved in spot-fixing during Pakistan’s summer tour of England. All three appealed, but Asif later withdrew his application.
Beloff announced the decision after a two-day hearing which started early yesterday, saying the players will have to appear before another tribunal to further their cases.
“Salman (Butt) and (Mohammad) Aamer had appealed against the suspension imposed on them by the ICC on September 2 for various breaches of the code of conduct. “Having considered every aspect of the case I dismiss their appeals and they remain suspended,” Beloff told reporters outside the ICC headquarters here.
The two cricketers arrived with their lawyers – Salman with Khalid Ranjha, a former law minister, and Aftab Gul, a former Pakistan player, and Aamer with his lawyer Shahid Karim. Beloff said all three cricketers, including Asif, will have to appear before a ICC code of conduct commission which he will announce in due course.
“The players have denied the charges, but they will remain suspended before a code of conduct commission is formed to hear the case.
“It was not up to me to decide whether they committed any crime, the commission will establish their guilt and if they are found guilty then they will be given punishment as per the ICC code of conduct.”
The scandal broke after a report by British tabloid The News of the World prompted Scotland Yard to launch an investigation into allegations of spot-fixing during the Lord’s Test against England in August. Police raided the team’s hotel in London and questioned Salman, Aamer, Asif and bowler Wahab Riaz, but they have yet to formally level any charges.
Owing to their suspensions, the trio have been excluded from Pakistan’s current tour of the UAE, where South Africa is the opposition.