ICC Board endorses Pak trio''s ban, relocation of tie from Eden

Dubai, Feb 16 (PTI) The ICC Executive Board today backedthe decision of the independent tribunal to impose bans onthree Pakistani cricketers for spot-fixing while alsoendorsing the relocation of India-England Cricket World Cupmatch from Eden Gardens in Kolkata, in its meeting here.

An independent tribunal had banned Pakistani cricketersSalman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Aamir for ten, sevenand five years respectively after ruling them guilty ofspot-fixing during the Lord''s Test against England in Augustlast and the ICC Board said it was satisfied with thedecision.

"ICC Executive Board acknowledged the good work of theICC executive in successfully concluding the case againstthree Pakistan cricketers found guilty of spot-fixing underICC Anti Corruption Code. ICC Executive Board confirmed itwould not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport againstthe sanctions imposed by the Independent Tribunal," the ICCsaid in a statement after its two-day meeting which concludedtoday.

The ICC Board expressed disappointment at the possibilityof Butt working as an expert commentator during the World Cupstarting on Saturday for a television channel and said it willlook into whether this constitutes a breach against the termsof former Pakistan captain''s suspended sentence of five years.

"The ICC Board having a zero tolerance attitude towardscorruption, expressed disappointment at the decision by aminor Pakistan television channel, which has no relationshipwith the ICC, to employ the suspended Mr Salman Butt as astudio pundit during the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.

"We are not satisfied with this appointment and we havewritten to Tribunal chairman Michael Beloff QC to enquirewhether this could be viewed as a breach against the terms ofhis suspended sentence," ICC chief executive officer HaroonLorgat said in the statement.

"The Board also strengthened the ICC Anti Corruption Codeby introducing penalties against players and support staff whobreach the rules by carrying communication devices into thedressing room areas. The penalties, supported by Federation ofInternational Cricketers'' Association, will include fines,"the statement said.

Regarding the stripping off India-England World Cup matchfrom Eden Gardens due to unpreparedness of the stadium, theICC Board said, "The Board was satisfied with all the effortsmade to deliver a world class event and, in particular, itendorsed the decision to relocate the India match againstEngland from Eden Gardens, Kolkata to Bengaluru."

"This decision was by no means easy but one the ICC hadto make to ensure smooth planning ahead of the event. I ampleased that Eden Gardens is on track to host the remainingthree matches in March," Lorgat said.

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