Butt appeals to the ICC to drop his suspension

Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 15:38 [IST]
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Butt appeals against ICC suspension

Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt has appealed to the International Cricket Council(ICC) to drop his suspension imposed on him.

Butt was suspended indefinitely on September 2 for being allegedly involved in the spot-fixing scandal during the fourth and final Test against England at Lord's.

"Yesterday we received a request from Salman Butt to consider lifting the suspension," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said on Wednesday. "As expeditiously as possible, we will conduct a hearing to consider that appeal."

Butt had requested a 15-day extension to file the appeal. The two other suspended Pakistan fast bowlers — Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer — are yet to appeal.

The three cricketers were initially charged and suspended under the ICC's anti-corruption code after British taboid, News of the World, alleged that they received money and bowled predetermined no-balls in their clash against England.

Michael Beloff, the Code of Conduct Commission chairman, will hear Butt's appeal.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt flew to London on Tuesday with his legal adviser Tafazzul Rizvi in an apparent bid to gather more information on the ongoing investigation.

Ijaz Butt was also in the heart of controversy when he accused England players of under-performing in the third one-day international against Pakistan at the Oval this month.

The England and Wales Cricket Board(ECB) had threatened legal action against the PCB head if he did not apologise.


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