Pakistan tainted trio to face October trial

Published: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Pakistan tainted trio to face Oct trial

London, May 20: Tainted Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, who were accused of spot-fixing during the Test match against England at Lord''s last year, will face trial on October 4 in London.

Justice John Saunders today set the date of their trial at the latest hearing, where prosecutors revealed that they are trying to acquire transcripts from part of the ICC''s anti-corruption tribunal.

The trio were allegedly involved in bowling predetermined no-balls during the Test match against England last August and were subsequently banned for a minimum of five years by ICC''s anti-corruption tribunal.

Butt, Asif and Amir and their agent Mazhar Majeed, who have been charged with conspiracy to cheat and accept corrupt payments, weren''t present at Southwark Crown Court today.

The incident came to light last August when a British tabloid exposed that the players received huge sum of money for deliberately bowling no-balls during the fourth Test against England.

Butt, who was the captain during the series, received a further suspended five-year ban and pacers Asif and Amir were handed a further two-year suspended sanction.

Majeed is accused of accepting USD 242,000 during a sting by undercover newspaper reporters to arrange for the players to bowl no-balls.


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