PCB backs ICC tribunal’s decision on banned players

Updated: Feb 07, 2011, 20:45 PM IST

Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) described the bans on three Pakistani players for spot-fixing as ‘regrettable’ but completely backed the decision of the International Cricket Council anti-corruption tribunal against the players.

“The verdict against the three players are regrettable and a sad reality, which must be faced. PCB has full confidence in the process followed by the tribunal culminating in the sanctions on the three players under the ICC Anti Corruption Code,” the PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt said in a statement on Monday.

The ICC banned former Pakistan captain Salman Butt for 10 years and sanctioned seven and five years of ineligibility for pace duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir after finding the three cricketers guilty of spot-fixing.

Butt also described the whole spot-fixing scandal involving Salman Butt, Asif and Aamir as painful for Pakistan cricket.

“In August 2010, when this issue surfaced the three players were under contract with PCB. As their employer, PCB provided them with legal support in UK at that time. However, after they were provisionally suspended by ICC under the Anti Corruption Code, the players had to face the tribunal in their individual capacity.”

“PCB thereafter implemented the clause 4.6.4 of the ICC Anti Corruption Code which states that no player may play, coach or otherwise participate or be involved in any capacity in any International Match or any other kind of match, function, event or activity during the period of Provisional Suspension,” Butt said.

“The period since August 2010 when spot-fixing came to light, has been an extremely painful for Pakistan cricket. I now hope that this unfortunate saga is put to rest and we can concentrate on cricket. We will continue to work with ICC on this sensitive matter in future also. We will also see how we can help the three players with their education and rehabilitation program,” he added.

Butt, however, made it clear the PCB had no intention of appealing against the bans on the players at any forum.

“Under the ICC Anti Corruption Code, the appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has to be filed within 21 days by the players. PCB itself has no intention to appeal against the decision of the tribunal in the CAS,” Butt stated.

The PCB Chief also said the PCB is determined to ensure the threat of corruption is dealt with severely and will do everything in its power to ensure the integrity of cricket is protected.

“Like all my colleagues in the ICC, I am determined to maintain the integrity of our sport. This is fundamental”

He made it clear that PCB will make further comments on the issue after reviewing the detailed judgment of the Anti Corruption Tribunal.

Salman Butt and Aamir have said they intend to file appeals with the CAS against the bans.