Spot-fixing controversy October 19, 2011

Lawson, Qadir to be character witnesses for Butt

Richard Sydenham at Southwark Crown Court

Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson, trainer David Dwyer and legspinner Abdul Qadir will be called as character witnesses in the alleged spot-fixing trial of Salman Butt.

Their witness accounts will be read from a statement. Butt was an opening batsman under Lawson's tenure in 2007-08, while Dwyer worked with Butt for a number of years in his capacity as Pakistan's strength and conditioning coach. Qadir, who hails from Lahore as Butt does, had a son who allegedly worked for agent Mazhar Majeed. Statements from family members will also be heard.

They will be read to the jury once the prosecution has completed its cross examination of Butt, which will resume on Wednesday morning.

Butt and Asif are facing charges of conspiracy to cheat, and conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, following the Lord's Test last year when they allegedly conspired with agent Majeed, fast bowler Mohammad Amir and other people unknown to bowl pre-planned no-balls. Butt and Asif deny the charges.

The case continues.

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