Cricket

ICC upholds suspension of Butt, Amir

The ICC code of conduct commissioner Michael Beloff on Sunday dismissed the appeals of Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir against their suspensions for alleged spot-fixing.

The world governing body of the game had suspended three Pakistani cricketers (third being Mohammad Asif) last month when a British tabloid claimed that they were involved in spot-fixing.

The players had appealed against the suspension but Asif had withdrawn his appeal.

“Having considered every aspect of the case I dismiss their appeals and they remain suspended,” Beloff told reporters outside the ICC headquarters here.

The rejection of appeals means that all three cricketers will have to appear before a ICC code of conduct commission.

“The players have denied the charges, but they will remain suspended before a code of conduct commission is formed to hear the case,” Beloff added.

The code of conduct commissioner chose not to speak if the Pakistani cricketers were guilty.

“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,” Beloff said.

The two cricketers were accompanied by their lawyers — Butt by Khalid R. Anjha, a former Law Minister, and former Pakistan player Aftab Gul, while Aamir was with Shahid Karim.



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