Monday, February 7, 2011

ICC Bans Pakistan’s Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir & Mohammad Asif On Corruption Charge

International Cricket Council (ICC) banned all three Pakistan cricketers, namely Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir & Mohammad Asif, on corruption charge. As per ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat, these 3 players were banned on solid proof of corruption.
Defending the verdict, Lorgat said, "We are satisfied at the tribunal's decision, which was taken on solid evidence and we hope with this decision the image of the game will improve.”
Ex-cricket test captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif received their punishment at an ICC tribunal in Doha. Butt was handed out a 10-year ban with 5 years suspended, Asif a seven-year ban with two suspended, while Amir was banned for almost five years
The players already have got 21 days to appeal to sport's highest body, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, but the trio remain unfazed by the verdict."We will appeal to Court of Arbitration for Sport,'' said Shahid Karim, Amir's lawyer. "This sentence is too harsh when Amir did nothing wrong. We are very confident that the arbitration court will give us a result in our favour.''
The epicentre of all these drama can be linked with the charges that came during the Test against England at Lord's last year, when various media claimed that these players were deliberately bowling no-balls.
Even British-based agent Mazhar Majeed came up during further investigation. However, these 3 Pak players have repeatedly denied wrongdoing.
However, Lorgat said that the verdict was okay. He said, "I don't believe the sentences are lenient by any stretch of the imagination. I think they are balanced with an expert and experienced jury dealing with the case."
"In legal terms you have to be proportionate when you are giving punishment and we must distinguish between match-fixing and spot-fixing, and the jury was independent and they decided on proportionate punishments," said Lorgat.