Butt terms reports of Amir turning ICC informant as `rumours`

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 23:58 PM IST

New Delhi: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt on Thursday rubbished reports of Mohammad Amir becoming an ICC informant in the ongoing investigations into the spot-fixing scandal and termed them as "baseless".

"This is also a news to me which is not at all correct. I think this is all part of media speculation," said Butt, who was in the city to meet ICC chief Sharad Pawar in the wake of match-fixing scandal involving Pakistani players.

A media report had claimed that Amir may turn an informant of the game`s world governing body, which had suspended the teen paceman along with Mohammed Asif and Test captain Salman Butt.

The trio have challenged the suspension and asked for a preliminary hearing into the allegations.

Butt said that there cannot be different standards for Mohammad Amir and others and the players are innocent "unless proven guilty".

"Amir`s leniency depends on what`s the outcome of the investigations. You see outcome cannot be same for all three people. Let the Scotland Yard situation come forward, let the ICC thing come forward, then we will see what to do," Butt told a news channel.

He further said it was wrong on part of the British Police to search the Pakistani players` room without their permission and that the PCB had adopted a wait and see policy over the ongoing investigations.

"They have not levelled any specific charges against the boys. Scotland Yard people in their initial investigation came and search the romms of the boys which we protested very strongly. They had done it without informing the PCB or the English and Wales Cricket Board. We were at the Lord`s at that
time," he said.

"All the allegations levelled against our boys by the News of the World tabloid are incorrect," he added.

Butt also didn`t agree with the comments made by Pakistan`s High Commissioner to Britain Wajid Shamsul Hasan about the suspension of the three players by the ICC and further reiterated the fact that he didn`t see an Indian bias in the entire issue.

Butt, however, evaded any questions on why the PCB took no action against the players and declined to give any comments on it.

Asked about Pakistan`s one-day international skipper Shahid Afridi`s comments regarding "suspicious elements" around the team, Butt replied: "I don`t think so. I have not met him for long. Once I see him, I will ask him what made him to come out with such statement."

PTI