Spot-fixing Pakistan cricketers head to Doha hearing.
DOHA, January 04, 2011 (Frontier Star): Three Pakistan Test
cricketers suspended over allegations of spot-fixing left Tuesday for
Qatar to appear at an international tribunal that could ban them from
the game. An International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption
tribunal headed by Michael Beloff QC will hear the case in Doha from
January 6-11. The two other members of the tribunal are Albie Sachs of
South Africa and Sharad Rao of Kenya. Former Test captain Salman Butt,
and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, were suspended by the ICC
in September following spot-fixing allegations against them during the
Lords Test against England a month earlier. The suspension followed a
sting operation by Britains News of the World claiming that several
Pakistani players took money from a bookmaker to bowl deliberate
no-balls and bat maiden overs. Salman and Aamer had their appeals
against suspension rejected in October, while Asif withdrew an initial
appeal. Salmans appeal to postpone the hearing was also rejected last
month. Salman is represented by British-based lawyer Yasin Patel and
Asif by Allan Cameron, brother of British Prime Minister David Cameron,
while Aamers lawyer is Shahid Karim from Pakistan. Talking to reporters
at Lahore airport, Aamer said his priority was to clear his name.
"My lawyer has prepared the case extensively and I hope that I will
be cleared," said Aamer, who is accused of delivering deliberate
no-balls during the Lords 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," said Aamer.
Punishments the players face range from a five-year suspension to life
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)