Sus­pended Sal­man Butt wants hear­ing de­ferred

The Pak Banker - - International -

KARACHI: Pak­istan's sus­pended for­mer cap­tain Sal­man Butt said Tues­day he asked an anti-cor­rup­tion tri­bunal to put off a hear­ing next month so he can deal with any pos­si­ble crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings in London.

The 26-year-old, along with pace­men Mo­ham­mad Asif and Mo­ham­mad Aamer, was pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) on charges of spot-fix­ing dur­ing Pak­istan?s Lord?s Test against Eng­land in Au­gust.

The trio face an ICC tribu- nal in Doha from Jan­uary 611, which will de­cide whether the sus­pen­sion turns into a ban or they are ab­solved of the charges.

"I have re­quested the hear­ing to be put off so that I can set­tle the pos­si­ble case in London and the ICC tri­bunal will hold a tele-con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day to take a de­ci­sion on my request," Sal­man told the news agency.

The trio face a po­ten­tial crim­i­nal case from Bri­tain's Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice, which re­ceived two re­ports from Scot­land Yard po­lice who raided the Pak­istani team's ho­tel in London.

Bri­tish news­pa­per the News of the World claimed sev­eral Pak­istani play­ers took money to obey or­ders from an al­leged book-maker Mazhar Ma­jeed at Lord?s.

Sal­man said Bri­tish-based lawyer Yasin Pa­tel will fight his case in Doha and other lawyers helped him send a re­ply to the ICC.

"Pa­tel will be my lawyer but we want to set­tle the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion case first, if it is ini­ti­ated, and then fight the ICC charges," said Sal­man.

Aamer and Asif do not in­tend to seek to de­lay the ICC case.

"We want to at­tend the Doha hear­ing," Aamer?s lawyer Shahid Karim told AFP. "Maybe Sal­man?s lawyer needs time to pre­pare for the case but we want to at­tend the Jan­uary hear­ing."

Sal­man last week re­it­er­ated his in­no­cence. "I have not done any­thing such as this (spot-fix­ing) in all my life or crick­et­ing ca­reer," Sal­man told Sky tele­vi­sion. "I hope I will be cleared and will play for my coun­try again."-PB News

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