Lengthy bans for trio

Former skipper banned for 10 years, five of which suspended

Last Updated: 05/02/11 9:29pm

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The International Cricket Council's anti-corruption tribunal has banned former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and seamers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir for five years.

Butt has been handed a 10-year ban, five of whch is suspended, while two years of Asif's seven-year ban is suspended.

The trio stood accused of spot-fixing during Pakistan's tour of England last summer.

Prosecutors in Britain announced on Friday that batsman Butt and seamers Amir and Asif would face criminal charges over their part in last year's alleged spot-fixing scandal, specifically over their actions in the fourth Test at Lord's.

Charges under Article 2.1.1 of the ICC's anti-corruption code against Asif and Amir - that they had agreed to and did bowl one no-ball and two no-balls respectively in the Lord's Test against England last year - were proved, as was the fact that Butt was party to the bowling of those no-balls as captain.

"The Tribunal found that the charge under Article 2.1.1 of the Code that Mr Butt agreed to bat out a maiden over in the Oval Test match played between Pakistan and England from 18 to 21 August 2010 was dismissed, whereas the charge under Article 2.4.2 that Mr Butt failed to disclose to the ICC's ACSU the approach by Mr Majeed that Mr Butt should bat a maiden over in the Oval Test was proved.

Mr Michael Beloff - heading the tribunal - said in a statement released by the ICC: "The Tribunal found that the charge under Article 2.1.1 of the Code that Mr Butt agreed to bat out a maiden over in the Oval Test match played between Pakistan and England from 18 to 21 August 2010 was dismissed, whereas the charge under Article 2.4.2 that Mr Butt failed to disclose to the ICC's ACSU (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit) the approach by Mr Majeed that Mr Butt should bat a maiden over in the Oval Test was proved.

'The Tribunal found that the charges under Article 2.1.1 of the Code that (respectively) Mr Asif agreed to bowl and did bowl a deliberate no ball in the Lord's Test match played between Pakistan and England from 26 to 29 August 2010, Mr Amir agreed to bowl and did bowl two deliberate no balls in the same Test, and Mr Butt was party to the bowling of those deliberate no balls, were proved.

"We impose the following sanctions:

"On Mr Butt a sanction of ten years ineligibility, five years of which are suspended on condition that he commits no further breach of the code and that he participates under the auspices of the Pakistan Cricket Board in a programme of Anti-Corruption education.

'On Mr Asif a sanction of seven years ineligibility two years of which are suspended on condition that he commits no further breach of the code and that he participates under the auspices of the Pakistan Cricket Board in a programme of Anti-Corruption education.

"On Mr Amir sanction of five years of ineligibility."

Nine-hour hearing

The decisions came after a nine-hour hearing at the Qatar Financial Center, despite the players' lawyers requesting that the verdict be adjourned as it could affect the criminal case against the players in London.

The charges relate to alleged incidents during the Lord's Test last year, when the News of the World claimed the players were willing to deliberately bowl no-balls.

The newspaper alleged the players, who are currently provisionally suspended from international cricket, had colluded in a spot-fixing betting scam organised by British-based agent Mazhar Majeed.

The members of the tribunal heard the case for six days last month before deferring the announcement on the request of players' lawyers.

The players have 21 days to appeal against the sanctions in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, based in Switzerland.

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