Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer have been provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council.
The game’s governing body have charged the Pakistan trio with “various offences under Article 2 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code for Players and Player Support Personnel relating to irregular behaviour during, and in relation to, the fourth Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s last month”.
The under-fire trio have been at the eye of a spot-fixing storm since claims in the News of The World and yesterday withdrew from the Twenty20 and one-day series against England, which is due to begin on Sunday. But they would not now be eligible for those games anyway and will not be available to play any cricket until a decision is reached on the ICC charges.
Earlier the Pakistan High Commissioner cast doubt on the authenticity of evidence presented by the News of the World. Hasan told BBC: “The video wasn’t timed or dated. It could have been filmed before or after the match, or at a different time.” Asked if he believes the three players might have been “set up”, he responded: “Yes, I would say that. Yes.”
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