POSTED: February 6th 2011
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ICC backs war on internet betting scams by banning Pakistani trio

Mohammad Amir: banned for five years / lake images
Mohammad Amir: banned for five years / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/DOHA, Feb 05: Sports' concerns over the dangers posed by the worldwide internet betting explosion have been underlined by long bans on three Pakistan cricketers found guilty of corruption by an International Cricket Council tribunal in Doha, Qatar.

Former captain Salman Butt was banned for 10 years (five years suspended), Mohammad Asif for seven years (two suspended) and Mohammad Amir for five years.

The ICC felt it was not bound by legal considerations that the players, along with agent Mazhar Majeed, will face in London criminal charges of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments.

The players were suspended provisionally last September after the News of the World alleged the three were involved in spot-fixing - bowling no-balls to order for betting syndicates - in the fourth Test against England at Lord's. The three players have strenuously denied all the claims.

The ICC panel, chaired by Michael Beloff QC, has arrived at its verdicts and sanctions following a six-day hearing last month. Lawyers for the players had been given the opportunity to review the details and make last-minute representations before any public announcement on behalf of the three-man tribunal which was completed by Sharad Rao and Justice Albie Sachs.

The punishments came just 10 days after IOC president Jacques Rogge announced he was calling a Lausanne summit of sports bodies and governments to consider urgent action to defend competitive credibility against the malign influences stemming from betting schemes.


Keywords · ICC · cricket · IOC · Rogge · Butt · Amir · Asif · Pakistan · spot betting


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