Tainted Pak trio ordered to appear before London court in July

London: The tainted Pakistani cricketers- Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif- must appear before a London court in July for a preparatory hearing into the spot-fixing case, a judge has said.

Reportedly a provisional trial date of October 4 has already been set.

None of them were present at Southwark Crown Court for the procedural hearing on Friday.

Justice Saunders said they must attend in person or via video link at a preparatory hearing in July, although no date was set.

British prosecutors have “authorised charges of conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, and also conspiracy to cheat” against the three Pakistani players implicated in the spot-fixing scandal as well as alleged bookmaker Mazhar Majeed.

“These charges relate to allegations that Mr Majeed accepted money from a third party to arrange for the players to bowl ``no balls`` on 26 and 27 August 2010, during Pakistan``s Fourth Test at Lord``s Cricket Ground in London,” Simon Clements, head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Special Crime Division, said in February.

Butt, Amir and Asif have already been suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing the spot-fixing case found the Pakistani trio guilty of corruption.


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