Lawyers of Asif and Aamer are okay with proceedings so far

Karachi, Jan 12 (PTI) The lawyers representing Pakistan''ssuspended pace bowlers Mohammed Asif and Muhammad Aamer todayexpressed satisfaction over the proceedings of the six-day ICChearing into spot-fixing allegations in Doha and are hopingfor a "fair and just" decision when the final verdict will bepronounced on February 5.

The three member ICC tribunal acquitted Asif, Aamer andSalman Butt of any wrongdoing during the Oval Test but delayedits decision on charges for the Lord''s Test against England.

Asif''s lawyer Alexander Cameron was pretty happy with theway things have gone so far.

"The good thing is that Asif has been cleared of chargesbrought against him for the Oval Test against England. We aresatisfied with the way things went at the hearing and myclient is hopeful that on February 5 the tribunal will delivera verdict based on the principles of justice and fairness,"Cameron said.

He also made it clear that neither he nor his client wereconcerned over the delay by the tribunal in announcing itsverdict on whether the charges against the players could beupheld or not.

Shahid Karim, the lawyer for Aamer, told Geo Superchannel that the ICC had wanted the tribunal to deliver averdict on Tuesday but the tribunal-members sought more timeto study the evidence and statements made during the hearing.

"The ICC feels that it has given enough evidence topenalise the players but the tribunal has still not reached aunanimous decision," he added.

He added that if the tribunal decides to punish the twoplayers then they would contest and argue over the durationand severity of the punishments.

Asked about the chances of Aamer getting a lighterpunishment due to his young age, Karim said this would only beknown when the tribunal will give its verdict.

He said the proceedings of the case had been completed atthe six-day hearing itself and on February 5 the tribunal onlyhas to deliver its verdict.

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