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ICC rejects Salman request for fixing hearing delay

KARACHI: Cricket authorities have rejected a plea by Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt to delay a hearing scheduled for next month into a spot-fixing scandal which rocked the sport, the player said Wednesday.

Salman ButtThe International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption tribunal made the decision in a teleconference held by code of conduct commissioner Michael Beloff QC, after the suspended Salman had asked for time to deal with another possible criminal case.

“Yes, my request has been rejected,” Salman told AFP, without elaborating.

Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, two other players suspended when the scandal broke, had not backed the postponement of the January 6-11 hearing in Qatar which will determine whether the three players are banned or exonerated.

The trio were provisionally suspended by the ICC on charges of spot-fixing during Pakistan’s Lord’s Test against England in August —a charge which carries a maximum life ban, and a minimum of five years, under the ICC code of conduct.

Salman and Aamer had their appeals against the suspensions rejected in October. Asif withdrew his appeal before initially deciding to challenge the sanction.

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