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Pakistan trio banned for spot-fixing by Doha panel

ICC decision effectively ends Salman Butt’s career, Asif and Amir get shorter bans

Pakistan trio banned for spot-fixing by Doha panel
SPOT FIXING: The ICC had charged the trio in September after a British tabloid accused them of accepting cash to bowl deliberate no-balls during Pakistan’s tour of the UK last year (Getty Images)
Pakistan trio banned for spot-fixing by Doha panel
SPOT FIXING: The ICC had charged the trio in September after a British tabloid accused them of accepting cash to bowl deliberate no-balls during Pakistan’s tour of the UK last year (Getty Images)

Pakistani cricket captain Salman Butt’s career is effectively over after the International Cricket Council (ICC) handed out a 10-year ban from the sport at the end of a hearing in Doha.

Fast bowlers Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir were given seven- and five-year bans, respectively, after all three players were found guilty of corruption.

"I am very disappointed but we are hopeful we can appeal in 20 days' time," Amir's lawyer Shahid Karim told Reuters.

The ICC had charged the trio in September after a British tabloid accused them of accepting cash to bowl deliberate no-balls during Pakistan’s tour of the UK last year.

Exact information on when no-balls are delivered during a match can be used by bookies on the international gambling circuit.

The ICC released a statement from Michael Beloff QC, chairman of the panel that heard the case for six days in Doha in January, confirming the guilty verdict.

“Mr Asif agreed to bowl and did bowl a deliberate no ball in the Lord's Test. Mr Amir agreed to bowl and did bowl two deliberate no balls in the same Test, and Mr Butt was party to the bowling of those deliberate no balls, were proved.”

On Friday, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced that all three players, along with alleged match-fixer Mazhar Majeed, would also face criminal charges in the UK in the near future.

The decisions are likely to end the international careers of both Butt and Asif, who are 26 and 29, respectively.

However, 18-year-old Mohammed Amir will be hoping to return to the sport after receiving the minimum ban. Amir has also confirmed that he will be appealing the decision.

The ICC ban was held in Doha instead of Dubai – the agency’s headquarters – after Asif was banned from the emirate after he was caught with an illegal substance while passing through Dubai airport in 2008.

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David Lewis 8 years ago

Can anyone please explain why the ICC have chosen to merely ban these players?

If they were found guilty of bowling deliberate no-balls - why have these players not been banned for life?

There is no place in cricket for cheats and the ICC has a duty to the game to ensure that where they find clear evidence of cheating that the culprits are removed from the game permanently.

I only hope that this case goes to CAS and that they no only uphold the verdict but recommend a stronger punishment.

It would be a bonus if they were found guilty in the UK as well in a criminal case.

Ali Raza 8 years ago

The trio deserved even harsher punishment to set a precdence.
These guys got encouragment to be involved in corruption that is rampant in Pakistan. Asif Zardari's character was the real source of guidance for these people to get hands on illegal money.
Many previous cricket stars were left unpunished for their known corruption. This is good that a start is made to show that this will not be tolerated. If this case had happened in Pakistan, no one would have been punished. We wish that Asif Zardari is also punished for his corruption. Civilized countries like France,UK & Switzerland has all evidence to prove that he had accumulated billions of dollars through illegal means.