Tainted trio appeal hearings to be held in Qatar

Published: Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 14:15 [IST]
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Tainted trio hearing to be held in Qatar

The International Cricket Council(ICC) will hold the appeal hearings of the Pakistan tainted trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif in Qatar instead of London.

The trio have been provisionally suspended by the ICC for alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the Lord's Test against England in August.

The ICC had notified the lawyers of the three players in writing about the venue and dates, likely between October 30 and 31, for the appeal hearings, sources said.

As per reports, the hearings were earlier scheduled in London but some of the alleged cricketers requested the ICC to shift the venue, saying the British media is biased towards the cricketers.

A source said that Michael Beloff QC, a prominent UK barrister, will head an independent tribunal which will hear the appeals of the players.

However, the lawyer of Salman Butt has requested the ICC to bring the dates of the hearing forward, source said.

"The lawyer for Salman Butt feels that the dates of October 30 and 31 are too late and has requested the ICC to hold the hearings at an earlier date."

All the three players are being represented by different lawyers and are reportedly bearing their own expenses since the PCB has denied to fill their bills as they are alleged to have violated the anti-corruption codes.


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