PCB backs ICC tribunal''s decision on banned players

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Lahore, Feb 7 (PTI) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)described the bans on three Pakistani players for spot-fixingas ''regrettable'' but completely backed the decision of theInternational Cricket Council anti-corruption tribunal againstthe players.

"The verdict against the three players are regrettableand a sad reality, which must be faced. PCB has fullconfidence in the process followed by the tribunal culminatingin the sanctions on the three players under the ICC AntiCorruption Code," the PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt said in astatement today.

The ICC banned former Pakistan captain Salman Butt for 10years and sanctioned seven and five years of ineligibility forpace duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir after finding thethree cricketers guilty of spot-fixing.

Butt also described the whole spot-fixing scandalinvolving Salman Butt, Asif and Aamir as painful for Pakistancricket.

"In August 2010, when this issue surfaced the threeplayers were under contract with PCB. As their employer, PCBprovided them with legal support in U K at that time. However,after they were provisionally suspended by ICC under the AntiCorruption Code, the players had to face the tribunal in theirindividual capacity.

"PCB thereafter implemented the clause 4.6.4 of the ICCAnti Corruption Code which states that no player may play,coach or otherwise participate or be involved in any capacityin any International Match or any other kind of match,function, event or activity during the period of ProvisionalSuspension," Butt said. .

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