Central contracts of Butt, Asif, Amir suspended

Published: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 17:18 [IST]
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Central contracts of trio suspended

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended the central contracts of Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif. The tainted trio is being investigated for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the tour of England in 2010. The decision was taken after Butt and Amir's appeals against their provisional suspensions were dismissed by the ICC's code of conduct commission in Dubai on Sunday. Asif, who withdrew his appeal before the hearings, also remained provisionally suspended.

"We only give contracts to players who can play for Pakistan," said PCB legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi. "Until their cases are decided, they can't get any benefits from the board in terms of contracts,"

Board official Zakir Khan added that the contracts were to be revoked following the ICC's latest decision. "Their contracts were active until the appeal hearing, but once their initial appeals were rejected, under the ICC code we can't keep them on contracts."

The board pays a monthly salary of about Rs. 250,000 to players in the top grade, which the three suspended players are now ineligible for. Butt, Amir and Asif will appear before an independent anti-corruption tribunal that will look into the actual charges and give a decision on whether they are guilty or not. Amir's lawyer Shahid Karim told Reuters that under the ICC code of conduct, the sport's governing body had to decide within 40 whether to remove the suspensions on the players or not.


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