3-man panel to hear fixing charges on Pak trio

Dubai: International Cricket Council constituted a three-member independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal to hear the alleged spot-fixing charges against three suspended Pakistani players -- Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir -- in January next year.

ICC said in a statement that its head of Code of Conduct Commission Michael Beloff QC would head the tribunal that also includes Albie Justice Sachs of South Africa and Sharad Rao of Kenya.

"ICC can confirm that, during a telephone hearing earlier today, the Chair of the ICC`s Code of Conduct Commission, Mr Michael Beloff QC, formally appointed an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal to determine the alleged breaches of the ICC`s Anti-Corruption Code by three Pakistan players -- Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif," the world body said in a statement.

"The three-person tribunal will be made up of Mr Beloff QC (as Chair), together with two other Code of Conduct Commissioners -- Justice Albie Sachs from South Africa and Sharad Rao from Kenya -- as per the appointment procedure described in the ICC`s Anti-Corruption Code," it said.

During the telephone hearing it was also agreed that the full hearing would be held from January 6-11 next year in Doha, Qatar.

The three players were suspended by the ICC after being charged under Article 2 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code on September 2 after the News of the World tabloid carried a report that an alleged match-fixer, Mazhar Majeed had bribed them to spot-fix in the fourth Test against England at Lord`s.

Subsequently, the trio filed appealed with the ICC against their suspensions with Asif later withdrawing his appeal.

Butt and Aamir appeared before a one-man appellate tribunal in Dubai last month which dismissed their appeals.