ICC tribunal has done well; players will be punished :Mani

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Karachi, Jan 12 (PTI) Former ICC President Ehsan Mani ishappy with the way the anti-corruption tribunal has handledthe case of spot-fixing allegations against Pakistani playersand feels that the suspended trio will be handed harshpunishment when final verdict will be announced next month.

Mani, also a Pakistani, contended that it is a case whichwill have a huge impact on world cricket and hence backedtribunal''s decision to push the final decision to February 5.

He also rubbished the fears over tribunal''s ability todeal with such a high profile case.

"Anyone questioning the tribunal''s credentials orimpartiality is totally wrong. All the gentlemen on thetribunal are men of great esteem and from the judicialbackground. I have no doubt over their ability to give averdict based on fairness and justice," Mani said.

"It is good the tribunal is taking its time in reaching averdict and wants to study all available material before it.

This is a case the outcome of which will have a big impact onthe future of international cricket and I don''t think theirshould be any hurry in giving a decision on the spot-fixingcharges," he said.

Mani feels that the suspended trio will be punished butsaid the players still had the right to approach the Court ofArbitration for Sport (CAS).

"I have no doubt in the ability of Michael Beloff and histeam. It''s a high profile case and the delay was expected. Notto forget that the players have a right to approach the Courtof Arbitration for Sport also, therefore the tribunal wantedto take sufficient time to analysis all angles of the case.

"My gut feeling is that all the three will be harshlypunished. However I will be very disappointed for Aamer who isthe best young talent around," said Mani, who was ICCPresident between 2003 and 2006.

Tauqir Zia, former PCB Chairman, also believes that thetribunal was likely to announce severe penalties against thethree players.

"The time the tribunal has taken over hearing the caseand the elaborate arrangements made for the hearing. I believeit indicates there is plenty of evidence in this spot-fixingcase and the players are in for a tough time," he said.

Zia also insisted that the tribunal should take its timein reaching a verdict as its outcome will have a big bearingon the future of international cricket.

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