The ICC code of conduct commissioner Michael Beloff on Sunday dismissed the appeals of Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir against their suspensions for alleged spot-fixing. Butt,who was the Test captain before being replaced by Misbah-ul Haq following the scandal,and the 18-year-old Amir had challenged the suspension but Mohammed Asif had withdrawn his appeal.
Having considered every aspect of the case I dismiss their appeals and they remain suspended, Beloff told reporters outside ICC headquarters here.
The rejection means all three cricketers will have to appear before a ICC code of conduct commission. The players have denied the charges but they will remain suspended before a code of conduct commission is formed to hear the case, Beloff added.
The commissioner chose not to speak if the cricketers were guilty. It is not up to me to decide whether they committed any crime,the commission will establish their guilt and if they are found guilty then they will be given punishment as per the ICC code of conduct, Beloff said.
The two cricketers were accompanied by their lawyers Butt by Khalid R Anjha,a former law minister,and former Pakistan player Aftab Gul,while Amir was with Shahid Karim.
Scotland Yard is also carrying out a separate investigation into the case and has spoken to the three players,besides alleged fixer Mazhar Majeed.