ICC to decide hearing fate via teleconference

Trio's lawyers asked to attend teleconference with ICC following Salman Butt's request.

Fawad Hussain December 20, 2010

KARACHI: In a response to Salman Butt’s request to delay the spot-fixing hearing, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has called for a teleconference tomorrow that will involve the governing body as well as the trio’s lawyers.

Earlier, Salman, through his British legal firm, sent a request to postpone the hearing until the submission of a final report by the Scotland Yard, which conducted an initial investigation with the players following a sting operation by the News of The World.

An ICC official said that the body would hold a teleconference in which lawyers of all the three players would decide whether to delay the hearing, which is set to take place from January 6 to 11 in Doha.

“The ICC would also like to hear from Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir’s lawyers since we got a postponement request from Salman’s counsel only,” said the official. “All three would be taken into confidence before any change in the hearing schedule.”

Amir’s lawyer Shahid Karim confirmed that the teleconference will be held on Wednesday.

Amir, Asif undecided over hearing schedule

Both Asif and Amir are weighing their options as they consider the choice of a delay in hearing.

“We are prepared but will look whether the delay would go in our favour. We will decide about it in due course,” said Amir’s lawyer Shahid Karim.

Asif, who recently appointed Barrister Allan Alexander Cameron, brother of British Prime Minister David Cameron, was also undecided on his stance on the matter.

“I would consult my lawyer before taking a decision on the postponement in the hearing schedule as I have no idea of its repercussions,” Asif told The Express Tribune. However, it has been learnt that Amir might oppose the delay in hearing as he was looking for an early decision to the matter.

According to officials close to the case, the young left-arm fast bowler has hopes of getting leniency from the ICC given his age and inexperience.

The fast-bowler is also optimistic of his chances to play in the World Cup and may oppose the delay in the hearing delay which might get rescheduled after the global event.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2010.


Pakistani | 11 years ago | Reply I don't see any point why Salman butt wants to delay the hearing, Why he is afraid? It looks like some of our players are guilty. While if all these three players get a life-ban, the Pakistan cricket will have to bear the huge loss as Aamir does not get any leniency because of age factor or being in-experienced.. Best of Luck Aamir...
MAD | 11 years ago | Reply Will thwey just get it over and done with. now its the players who are delaying the hearing.
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