The ICC has arranged a three-man tribunal to try the spot-fixing allegations against Pakistan's trio of players. The hearing will be conducted between January 6 and 11 in Doha, Qatar.
The panel which will address the charges against Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir comprises Michael Beloff QC, Justice Albie Sachs of South Africa and Sharad Rao of Kenya.
The three players were provisionally suspended by the ICC in September for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the Lord's Test. In a News of the World sting, player agent Mazhar Majeed, claimed to have given Amir and Asif money to deliberately bowl no-balls with the collusion of Butt. The players made appeals against their suspensions, though Asif withdrew his, and they were heard in Dubai in October. Michael Beloff, the ICC code of conduct commissioner who presided over the hearing, turned down their appeals, after which the PCB suspended the players' central contracts.
The hearing of the appeals was only meant to determine whether the ICC followed the correct procedures in provisionally suspending the players, and not their guilt. The trio face the possibility of criminal charges in the UK, and evidence garnered by Scotland Yard has been handed to the Crown Prosecution Service.