PCB dismisses reports of filing an appeal against banned Aamir

Karachi, Feb 13 (PTI) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)has dismissed reports that it had filed any appeal on behalfof banned Pakistani pacer Muhammad Aamir with theInternational Cricket Council.

"We have filed no formal appeal as such. Yes we havewritten to the ICC about the case in light of the observationsmade by the ICC anti-corruption tribunal regarding theexisting anti-corruption code of conduct laws under whichSalman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Aamir have been penalised," aofficial said.

The official made it clear that the right to appealagainst their bans only rested with the three players not withthe board.

"The PCB has nothing to do with the due process of lawthat will follow after the ICC tribunal banned them," he said.

He also said that the PCB had simply asked the ICC tohave the observations of the ICC anti-corruption tribunalregarding the existing code of conduct laws discussed at theexecutive board meeting due to be held from February 14.

"Like the PCB Chairman has already said that the boardwas trying to get the ICC to review the five-year ban on18-year Aamir in light of the observations of the ICC tribunalthat too because of his age but knew their was a one in amillion chance of the ICC executive board agreeing to this,"the official said.

PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt in a recent interview to the GeoSuper channel said that the ban on Aamir would be discussed inlight of the observations of the tribunal made whileannouncing the bans on the three Pakistani players -- SalmanButt, Asif and Aamir.

"There is a one in a million chance that the board willagree to review the ban on Aamir but we will discuss thisissue in light of the tribunal recommendations," Butt hadsaid.

Butt while castigating the three cricketers for lettingthe board, national team and nation down with their greed,hoped that the other players will also learn a lesson from thebans imposed on the trio and this will serve as a deterrent tothem.

The Pakistani trio was banned on February 5 by the ICCtribunal in Doha for their involvement in spot-fixing and havethe right to appeal against their bans in 21 days with theInternational Court of Arbitration for sports in Geneva. PTICor CM

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