The International Ccricket Council (ICC) has directed the lawyers of the Pakistan trio of players suspended in the spot-fixing scandal, to return the evidence that was handed to them for the appeal hearing conducted in Dubai in October.
The ICC has given to understand that it is dissatisfied with information from evidence being leaked to television channels across Pakistan. A permier channel only a few weeks ago, broadcast SMS messages supposedly exchanged between one of the suspended players Salman Butt, and a bookmaker Mazhar Majeed who is at the heart of the controversy.
The directions have been passed onto the legal representatives of Butt and Moammad Amir, another of the suspended players who had appealed against their suspensions. Butt's legal team includes Khalid Ranjha and Aftab Gul, a former Pakistan Test cricketer while Amir is being represented by Shahid Karim. Gul who had pulled out recently over his frustration with the progression of the case is supposed to have rejoined his legal team.
The three tainted players will make an appearance before an independent anti-corruption tribunal that will look into their actual charges at Doha, Qatar between Jan 6 and 11.