Former Pakistan Cricket Captain Salman Butt arrives at London’s Heathrow Airport, Tuesday March 15, 2011. Butt has confirmed he will attend a magistrates’ hearing in London on March 17, to face criminal charges relating to alleged spot-fixing.Talking to media Butt said that he’s confident in the near future all these allegations against me would be cleared up.
Fast bowler Mohammad AsifMohammad Asif, the third player, who was banned by the ICC in the spot-fixing scandal, is already in London preparing for the case with his English lawyer.Aamer is keen to appear before the magistrate and get things rolling in the case but the visa delay has hit his plans but he should leave tomorrow if everything goes on schedule.
The Pakistani trio were banned for spot-fixing during the national team’s Test match against England at Lord’s last August and they are presently serving bans handed by an independent tribunal of the International Cricket Council.They had also been separately charged with conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and defraud bookmakers by the Crown Prosecution Service in London on the basis of investigation by Scotland Yard.
Sources said that the three players would have to make an appearance before the magistrate’s court on Thursday and complete paperwork formalities.There is no regular hearing scheduled on that day but it is essential the players make their appearance before the magistrate or they could be declared absconders.The trio have already filed appeals with the International Court of Arbitration for sports in Geneva against the bans imposed by the ICC. Agencies