PCB for quick preliminary hearing against suspended players

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board wants the International Cricket Council to conduct its preliminary hearing on the three suspended players -- Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif -- before the series against South Africa in the UAE, starting on October 26.

“The PCB chairman has been in talks with the ICC and wants it to hold the preliminary hearing into the provisional suspensions on the three players by mid October,” a source close to the board told the agency.

The PCB had even advised Aamir and Asif’s lawyers to file their appeals by next week, the source said. Suspended Test skipper Butt had already filed his appeal.

“The PCB chairman held talks with Scotland Yard officials in London to find out if there were any criminal charges being pressed against the three players,” the source added.

Scotland Yard has been investigating allegations of spot-fixing against the three cricketers, after an English tabloid claimed that they were involved in spot-fixing during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s in August.

The British investigating agency has already sent its file to the crown prosecutor’s office. “The prosecutor’s office will decide whether there should be criminal charges against the players or they should be cleared,” the source said.

“If there are no criminal charges, then the PCB would be keen to get the players’ names cleared as soon as possible,” he said.

“The PCB does not want this issue to linger and wants to know whether the trio can be available for the South Africa series or not,” another source said.

Pakistan play two Tests, five one-day internationals and two T20 matches against South Africa in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.


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