ICC charges three Pakistan players
The International Cricket Council has charged and provisionally suspended three Pakistan players with various offences under Article Two of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
The charges against Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer relate to alleged irregular behaviour during, and in relation to, the fourth npower Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s.
The three players have been officially notified of the offences they are alleged to have committed and have been provisionally suspended pending a decision on those charges.
In the meantime, they are immediately barred from participating in all cricket and related activities until the case has been concluded.
The players have a right to contest this provisional suspension and a further opportunity to defend these charges at a full hearing before an independent anti-corruption tribunal, in accordance with Article Five of the code.
The players have 14 days from their receipt of the charge sheet to indicate their desire for a hearing.
Any player ultimately found to be guilty of committing an offence under the code would be subject to the sanctions described in Article Six of the code.
The alleged offences, if proved, would involve the imposition of a ban. There is also a possibility, at the discretion of the independent tribunal, that a fine would be imposed in addition to a ban.
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: “We will not tolerate corruption in cricket – simple as that.
“We must be decisive with such matters and if proven, these offences carry serious penalties up to a life ban.
“The ICC will do everything possible to keep such conduct out of the game and we will stop at nothing to protect the sport’s integrity. While we believe the problem is not widespread, we must always be vigilant.
“It is important, however, that we do not pre-judge the guilt of these three players. That is for the independent tribunal alone to decide.“
Details of the date and location of the tribunal hearing, as well as its composition, will be finalised by the ICC in due course.