PCB dismisses reports of filing an appeal against banned Aamer
Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has dismissed reports that it had filed any appeal on behalf of banned Pakistani pacer Muhammad Aamer with the International Cricket Council.
"We have filed no formal appeal as such. Yes we have written to the ICC about the case in light of the observations made by the ICC anti-corruption tribunal regarding the existing anti-corruption code of conduct laws under which Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Aamer have been penalised," a official said.
The official made it clear that the right to appeal against their bans only rested with the three players not with the board.
"The PCB has nothing to do with the due process of law that will follow after the ICC tribunal banned them," he said.
He also said that the PCB had simply asked the ICC to have the observations of the ICC anti-corruption tribunal regarding the existing code of conduct laws discussed at the executive board meeting due to be held from February 14.
"Like the PCB Chairman has already said that the board was trying to get the ICC to review the five-year ban on 18-year Aamer in light of the observations of the ICC tribunal that too because of his age but knew their was a one in a million chance of the ICC executive board agreeing to this," the official said.
PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt in a recent interview to the Geo Super channel said that the ban on Aamer would be discussed in light of the observations of the tribunal made while announcing the bans on the three Pakistani players – Salman Butt, Asif and Aamer.
"There is a one in a million chance that the board will agree to review the ban on Aamer but we will discuss this issue in light of the tribunal recommendations," Butt had said.
Butt while castigating the three cricketers for letting the board, national team and nation down with their greed, hoped that the other players will also learn a lesson from the bans imposed on the trio and this will serve as a deterrent to them.
The Pakistani trio was banned on February 5 by the ICC tribunal in Doha for their involvement in spot-fixing and have the right to appeal against their bans in 21 days with the International Court of Arbitration for sports in Geneva.