All Salman Butt's hopes of an aquittal from the ICC's Code of Conduct Commission came to naught after the Pakistani batsman along with pace bowler Mohammad Amir continued to remain provisionally suspended on charges of spot fixing. The duo's appeals were rejected at a two-day hearing in Dubai.
Michael Beloff, the ICC code of conduct commissioner who presided over the hearing, said the players - who could not appeal this verdict - will now appear before an independent anti-corruption tribunal. The tribunal will look into the actual charges and furnish a verdict on whether the players are guilty or not.
"Having considered every aspect of the case I dismiss their appeals and they remain suspended," Beloff told reporters outside ICC headquarters. "It was not up to me to decide whether they committed any crime, the commission will establish their guilt and if they are found guilty, then they will be given punishment as per the ICC code of conduct."
Butt's lawyer stated that there would be a 40-day time frame for the tribunal to be set up. "The decision has left us unhappy," he told reporters. "The hearing was fair and thorough, and now we have 40 days to fight the disciplinary case and we will decide our course of action."
Scotland Yard has handed over evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service, a development that is likely to have a bearing on any decision when the hearing takes place.
Mohammad Asid, the third of the tainted trio, had chosen to withdraw his appeal and also remainds provisionally suspended from all forms of cricket pending the outcome of the independent anti-corruption tribunal.
The three players, prior to the suspensions, were charged with various offences under Article 2 of the ICC's anti-corruption code. The suspensions came after the News of the World tabloid claimed to have exposed a scam in which pre-planned no-balls were deliberately bowled in exchange for money.
This hearing only involved itself with the matter of the provisional suspensions and whether the ICC followed the precise procedures in taking this action. The matter of the players' guilt and the actual charges against them was not addressed.