ICC upholds suspension of Pakistan cricketers

ICC upholds suspension of Pakistan cricketers

Dubai: Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir had their provisional suspensions over allegations of spot-fixing upheld by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday.

“I have decided to dismiss the application... all three players accordingly are still for the time being unable to participate in cricketing activities " Michael Beloff, the head of the ICC’s code of conduct commission told reporters in Dubai today after a two-day hearing.

The innocence or guilt of the players, who have denied any wrongdoing, will be judged at an independent tribunal, the date of which has yet to be set.

The team lost all its matches in the absence of Butt, Amir and Mohammad Asif, who is not challenging his suspension because he is banned from entering the United Arab Emirates due to a previous offense.

The ICC suspended the trio after a British tabloid sting alleged money was paid for bowling no-balls at prearranged times in a test against England to fix spot betting markets.

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