Pakistan tainted trio to face October trial

Last Updated: May 20, 2011, 21:33 PM IST

London: Tainted Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, who were accused of spot-fixing during the Test match against England at Lord`s last year, will face trial on October 4 in London.

Justice John Saunders today set the date of their trial at the latest hearing, where prosecutors revealed that they are trying to acquire transcripts from part of the ICC`s
anti-corruption tribunal.

The trio were allegedly involved in bowling predetermined no-balls during the Test match against England last August and were subsequently banned for a minimum of five years by ICC`s anti-corruption tribunal.

Butt, Asif and Amir and their agent Mazhar Majeed, who have been charged with conspiracy to cheat and accept corrupt payments, weren`t present at Southwark Crown Court today.

The incident came to light last August when a British tabloid exposed that the players received huge sum of money for deliberately bowling no-balls during the fourth Test
against England.

Butt, who was the captain during the series, received a further suspended five-year ban and pacers Asif and Amir were handed a further two-year suspended sanction.

Majeed is accused of accepting USD 242,000 during a sting by undercover newspaper reporters to arrange for the players to bowl no-balls.

PTI