The spot fixing case is just not going Salman Butt's way. The former Pakistan captain who has been suspended for his alleged involvement in the spot fixing controversy which erupted in August, has been denied his request for the ICC's tribunal hearing of the case to be postponed.
The decision came from Queens Council Michael Beloff after a lengthy teleconference with Butt's lawyers. Beloff belongs to the three-member tribunal that will hear the charges against Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.
"Mr Beloff, the Chairman of the ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal, following a lengthy telephone hearing and having received written submissions, has ruled that Mr Butt's application is denied and as such, the full hearing will take place as scheduled from 6-11 January 2011 in Doha, Qatar," an ICC release said.
Butt's lawyers were hoping to push back the hearing to a date after UK's Crown Prosecution Service had completed its investigation in the case. As the ICC's case against the tainted Pakistan trio unfolds, Scotland is pursuing a parallel case and has already handed over evidence to the CPS.
Though the CPS has received two files from Scotland Yard, it still hasn't determined whether the case warrants criminal proceedings.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which had initially been quite vociferous against the the ICC and the CPS pursing two separate cases over the spot fixing scandal, has turned mute. Furthermore, it has suspended the central contracts of the three accused players.