Saturday, 2 July 2011
ICC Warning, PCB Suspension for Trio of Butt, Aamir and Asif
The ICC and the Pakistan Cricket Board are delivering warnings to the suspended trio ahead of an independent hearing.
The ICC has been closely following the statements of the two Pakistan cricketers at the ICC hearing last weekend - Mohammad Aamer and Salman Butt - and has decided a warning was in order.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has also taken action following the decision of the ICC to uphold the suspension until an independent hearing can be arranged.
Aamer and Butt expressed disappointment that despite their appeal, the ICC upheld their ban. Both, Aamer and Butt, expressed individually that they did not think they were given a fair hearing and were of the opinion that there was an “anti Pakistan agenda” and that their word was dismissed as a matter of formality even when they felt there was not enough evidence to implicate them.
The ICC has now warned them from speculating in the media and it is a valid warning given that there is another hearing in the offing.
The PCB, for their part, have now suspended the contracts of the three players, including Mohammad Asif, following the ICC decision at the hearing. Until the ICC hearing is brought to a decisive conclusion, the trio will have to continue to fight to clear their name of the spot fixing scandal that erupted on Pakistan’s tour of England