ICC has one month to decide against Aamir`s suspension: Lawyer

Karachi: The lawyer for suspended Pakistani pacer Muhammad Aamir today said the ICC has one month to decide whether to retain or remove the provisional suspension imposed on his client under their anti-corruption code of conduct.

Shahid Karim, lawyer for Aamir, said the dates of December 2 and 10 are very important for his client.

"The ICC has to decide by December 2 whether to retain or remove the suspensions. And by December 10th, they have to convene a full hearing of the allegations against my client," Karim said.

Aamir, Test captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, were suspended in September after a British tabloid alleged that they were involved in `spot-fixing` during the Lord`s Test against England in August.

Butt and Aamir appealed against the provisional suspensions but the head of the ICC code of conduct commission Michael Beloff upheld their suspensions after a two-day hearing in Dubai last weekend.

Karim said under the ICC laws, the anti-corruption unit has 40 days from the date of the appeal hearing to call for a final and full hearing.

"That date falls on December 10 but given the evidence we were shown during the appeals hearing, I think the ICC will take more time to prepare their case against these players," Karim said.

"The way I see it the ICC could extend the date for the full and final hearing and we are also preparing strongly for that," he said.

He said, however, by December 2 under its own laws, the ICC must review the provisional suspensions on the players.

Butt and Aamir were critical of the appeal hearing process on returning home and described the suspensions and the spot fixing allegations against them as a conspiracy to defame Pakistan cricket.

Both players said the ICC showed no evidence to them apart from the `News of the World` tabloid`s report.

"They are trying to corner Pakistan cricket. We are being punished for being Pakistanis," Butt said.

Karim, however, admitted the two players needed to tone down their statements.

"Whatever they have said they have said but now I think they should avoid such statements and use the law and courts to get justice," he added.

He, however, didn`t agree that the strong statements made by Butt and Aamir could have a bearing on the final hearing outcome.

"No I don`t think so because everything is being done under a process and what happened at the appeal hearing will not matter much at the final hearing," he said.