ICC Rejects Appeals of Pakistan Players Suspended for Alleged Spot-Fixing
Dubai. The code of conduct commissioner of the International Cricket Council, Michael Beloff, on Sunday rejected the appeals of Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer, who were seeking to overturn their suspensions for suspected 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 that started early Saturday, saying the players would have to appear before another tribunal to further their cases.
Salman and Aamer filed appeals against the suspensions imposed on them by the ICC on Sept. 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 Shahid Karim.
Beloff said all three cricketers, including Asif, would have to appear before an ICC Code of Conduct Commission, which he said he would 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,” he said.
“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 Pakistan 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 United Arab Emirates, where South Africa is the opposition.