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My suspension is injustice: Amir

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Published: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 16:21 [IST]
 
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My suspension is injustice: Amir

Karachi, Nov 13: Pakistan pacer Muhammad Aamir- one of the tainted trio implicated in the spot-fixing scandal- has described his suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as an "injustice".

"Suspending us without showing any worthwhile evidence and then retaining that suspension is injustice," the Daily Times quoted Amir, as saying to a TV channel.

Amir, along with former Test captain Salman Butt and pace bowler Muhammad Asif, was provisionally suspended by the ICC on September 2 after a British tabloid carried a report alleging bookie Mazhar Majeed of bribing them to spot-fix in the fourth Test against England at Lord's.

The trio had appealed to the ICC against their suspensions, with Asif later withdrawing his appeal. Salman and Aamir appeared before a one-man appellate tribunal in Dubai last month, which dismissed their appeals.

Amir said that the experience of appearing before the appellate tribunal had been a hugely disappointing one. "No evidence was shown to us. Our lawyers gave strong arguments in favour of lifting the suspensions, but they (ICC) ignored it," he added.

He claimed that under the ICC's anti-corruption regulations, if the game's governing body fails to produce any evidence against the trio by next month, their suspensions would be removed automatically.

The 19-year-old left-arm pacer said it was a frustrating wait for the trio, as it had been over two months since the ICC had enforced the suspension on them but had failed so far in setting a date for the full hearing.

Amir also felt that the PCB, after supporting the players initially, had gone on the backfoot, but expressed his confidence that he would be cleared before the 2011 World Cup.

ANI

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