ICC’s suspension is injustice: Amir

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2010, 09:39 AM IST

Karachi: Forced to stay out of cricket for quite some time now because of spot-fixing allegations, tainted Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has described the ICC`s suspension as a grave "injustice".

"Suspending us without showing any worthwhile evidence and then retaining that suspension is injustice," Amir told a news channel.

Amir, alongwith, former Test captain Salman Butt and pace colleague Mohammad Asif was provisionally suspended by the ICC on September 2 after the `News of the World` tabloid carried a report that alleged bookie Mazhar Majeed had bribed them to spot-fix in the fourth Test against England at Lord`s.

The trio then appealed with the ICC against their suspensions with Asif later withdrawing his appeal.

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

Amir said that the experience of appearing before the appellate tribunal had been a hugely disappointing one.

"No evidence was shown to us. Our lawyers gave strong arguments in favour of lifting the suspensions, but they (ICC) ignored it," he said.

Aamir claimed that under ICC`s anti-corruption regulations if the game`s governing body fails to produce any evidence against the trio by next month then their suspensions would be removed automatically.

The 19-year-old left-arm pacer said it was frustrating wait for the trio as it had been more than two months since the ICC had enforced the suspension on them but till now failed to set a date for the full hearing.

Interestingly, sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board told reporters that the ICC had finally constituted a three-member tribunal that would hold the full hearing into the allegations against the players between January 3 to 11 next year.

Aamir also claimed that the video footage of the players with Majeed proved nothing and could not be considered as an evidence.

He also claimed that Scotland Yard in its initial two reports given to the Crown Prosecutor`s Office in London had not been able to produce any substantial evidence and had now submitted a third file.

PTI