ICC defers verdict on spot-fixing till Feb 5: Reports

Written by: Manoj Kumar Ramesh
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Doha, Jan 11 (PTI) Tainted Pakistani cricketers SalmanButt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif will have to wait forsome more days to learn their fate after ICC''s anti-corruptiontribunal today deferred its verdict on the spot-fixing rowtill February 5, according to reports.

The ICC was expected to come out with its verdict todayafter it''s three-man independent tribunal led by the code ofconduct commissioner Michael Beloff of England, and aided byJustice Albie Sachs from South Africa and Kenyan Sharad Raoheard all the parties behind closed doors at the QatarFinancial Centre since January 6.

However, according to Sky Sports, the tribunal haddeferred their judgement after Aamer''s lawyer Shahid Karimrequested the panel to take some more time to study the casebefore announcing it''s verdict.

Karim had later told a television channel that he hasindeed asked the tribunal not to rush with it''s decision.

"We have requested the judges to look at the casecarefully and with due consideration before they announce theverdict," Karim said.

"This is up to them, and if they have looked at it withthought and consideration, then after we finish they''ll tellus if the verdict is announced today or at a later date.

"I am satisfied that the hearing has been very good andimpartial, and I can say from our point of view at least weare hopeful. The onus is now on the judges," he said.

The tainted trio were charged of spot-fixing duringPakistan''s tour of England last year. It is alleged thatplayers conspired in bowling deliberate no-balls during a Testat Lord''s, a claim which they all deny.

The three were provisionally suspended by the ICC fromall forms of cricket in September last year, with playersfacing a minimum five-year ban and maximum life ban if foundguilty.

Before going for today''s hearing, Aamer said the episodehas been one of the most difficult phases of his life but wasconfident of coming out clean.

"When the nation''s prayers are with you, you don''t feelso scared and there is hope. It''s been difficult to sleep overthe last few nights but my eyes are open now and when goodnews comes I will hopefully be able to close them properly,"he told reporters.

"We are satisfied with how things have gone, and myfamily''s prayers are also with me. I''m feeling good and amhoping for some good news," he added.

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