Spot-fixing case: Suspended Pak trio head to Doha for hearing

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

LAHORE - The tainted Pakistani trio, who are currently under suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing, left for Qatar on Tuesday to appear before the anti-corruption tribunal on January 6 in Doha.

Talking to reporters at Lahore Airport, Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir said his priority was to get his name cleared from the allegations.

“My lawyer has prepared the case extensively and I hope that I will be cleared,” said Amir, who is accused of delivering deliberate no-balls during the Lord’s Test for money- a charge he has denied.

“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,” SAMAA TV quoted Amir, as saying.

In November, ICC’s Code of Conduct Commission Chairman Michael Beloff had “formally appointed an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal to determine the alleged breaches of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code by three Pakistan players - Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif.”

The tribunal, headed by Beloff, will hear the spot-fixing case against the trio from 6-11 January at Doha.

The two other members of the tribunal are Albie Sachs of South Africa and Sharad Rao of Kenya.

If the charges against the players are proved, the punishments they face range from a five-year suspension to life bans. (ANI)

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