Spot-fixing controversy January 4, 2011

Suspended trio head to Qatar for hearings

ESPNcricinfo staff

Suspended Pakistan trio Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir have flown out to Qatar to attend a hearing of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Tribunal. The three-member tribunal headed by Michael Beloff QC will hold a six-day long session starting Thursday before delivering its verdict on the three players.

The players were suspended by the ICC in September following spot-fixing allegations against them during the Lord's Test against England a month earlier. The allegations were raised after a sting operation by Britain's News of the World tabloid claiming that several Pakistani players took money from a bookmaker to bowl deliberate no-balls.

"My lawyer has prepared the case extensively and I hope that I will be cleared," Amir told reporters at Lahore airport. "This is the toughest period of my life but I am confident that it will be over and I will be playing for Pakistan soon."

Salman is being represented by British-based lawyer Yasin Patel, Asif by Allan Cameron, brother of British Prime Minister David Cameron, while Aamer's lawyer is Shahid Karim from Pakistan.

The ICC's three-man tribunal includes Beloff, Justice Albie Sachs of South Africa and Sharad Rao of Kenya. Beloff, the ICC's code of conduct commissioner, had chaired the hearings into the appeals of Amir and Butt against their suspensions in Dubai, and had upheld the ICC's decision.

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  • Jason on January 5, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    From the perspective of a neutral (england fan) i hope the hearing is open and all the evidence is published so that people cannot complain about a white wash. On the surface (prima facia) the evidence is pretty damming and that is why their earlier appeal was turned down. Speaking as an individual IF they are guilty they should never be allowed to set foot on a cricket pitch again.

  • Richard on January 5, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    @Vindaliew- I take your point. This must be awfully depressing for the fans and I can only hope that soon things get sorted out. It would be nice for Pakistan to make it through these stormy waters and get back to concentrating on playing cricket, which is after all the name of the game. I bear Pakistan no ill will and in fact I admire their cricketing talent, I'm just a little worried for the future of the game I love. Cheers mate!

  • Dummy4 on January 4, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    May the truth prevail and its not a case of lack of evidence. there should be the actual story out

  • Ahmed on January 4, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    @abu-huzaifah i fully agree! yes this is one thing that creates frustration for me!!! if these players are innocent, which i hope they are, then why the hell dont they announce it boldly and confidently in front of the world... when salman butt was repeatedly asked by media reporters during lords test, whether he was "involved" in such acts or not, salman repeatedly replied that we should wait for the investigations to end, allegations are allegations etc etc. I mean why dont you say NO or YES straight away!! =s I pray that these players are cleared to play!!

  • Ahmed on January 4, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    @Nikhil Desai hey, first we need to know if he actually did what he is alleged to have done. Uptil now nothing has been officially declared about who & who is actually the lets see what comes out. I personally hope and want that this youngster should come out clean and be allowed to play with immediate effect...

  • Farhan on January 4, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    We should wait patiently till the end of the hearing. I have full faith in justice, and strongly believe the right decision will be taken. In my opinion their appeals were only rejected due to the greivance of the charge; hence they are all innocent till they are proven guilty. I am no legal expert to critique their comments; but just highlight in this case that "a plough has been taken away from the farmer, and we expect them to smile - ridicolous". Have faith in the system. Shortly we will come to know of reality. Furthermore, regardless of the trio I stongly believe that Pakistani Team will be a X Factor in the coming World Cup.

  • Mahmudul on January 4, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    @UmeshSharma: How can you pre-judge them? That is the reason they are having a hearing. They may have done something wrong or they may not have. Again, doing wrong and proving them are not the same thing.

  • Ian on January 4, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    @Biggus, people praying for them to be cleared are effectively praying for them to be innocent. If they're innocent then they should be cleared, although I suspect the whole world has already decided to see them as guilty. If they're guilty, though, then they should never play again. We can only leave it to the trial to discover which result it's going to be, but nothing wrong with hoping that they're found innocent.

  • Waqas on January 4, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Long Live Pakistan and Pakistan cricket team

  • Powderdubdub on January 4, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    These guys must be banned for life if they are guilty. If you spare any one of them cos he was too young then you are missing the point, it wont help Pakistan Cricket in the long run. Pakistan has a very large population, new talent will emerge anyway, but the Pakistan cricketer of tomorrow must know that there will be no tolerence if they cheat the country. However if anyone is genuinely innocent then he must not suffer.May the truth prevail.

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