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Asif, Amir and Butt barred from National Cricket Academy

Osman Samiuddin

October 20, 2010

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Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif leave the team hotel in Taunton for London, Taunton, September 1, 2010
Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir can't use the National Cricket Academy facilities until the resolution of the spot-fixing scandal © Getty Images
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The PCB has barred Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir from using the National Cricket Academy in Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium for training. A board spokesman told ESPNcricinfo that the trio had been sent letters notifying them they can't use the facilities until the resolution of the spot-fixing scandal, for which the three were provisionally suspended by the ICC.

Amir and Asif are not believed to have used the facilities, though former captain Butt had done so. He spoke to reporters last week from the NCA which is situated next to the Gaddafi Stadium. Though the ICC has not commented, local reports indicated that the PCB had sent the letters over the weekend after the ICC took notice of the comments Butt had made and that he was using the facility.

Last week, the ICC clamped down hard on Pakistan, asking the board to put its house in order, especially with regards to implementing domestic anti-corruption measures. Pakistan had 30 days to conduct a thorough and far-reaching review of their player integrity issues and report back to the ICC's task force. Apart from showing that it has introduced a domestic anti-corruption code, in line with the ICC's own code, the PCB also has to implement an education programme for players and a process to deter and detect corrupt elements within the game, among other measures.

Asif, Amir and Butt have lodged appeals against the ICC's suspension and the hearings will take place in Qatar on October 30 and 31.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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