Pakistan trio face spot-fixing verdict


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The Independent Online

Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif may learn today if they face punishment for alleged spot-fixing. If they are found guilty, the ultimate sanction is a life ban. The three Pakistan players, who are alleged to have delivered no-balls to order in a Test against England at Lord's last August, have spent the last six days before a full hearing of an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal in Doha. It is due to conclude today.

The trio were all charged with various offences under Article 2 of the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Code. They deny wrongdoing, but have been suspended since the allegations came to light after the Test.

A verdict will end a scandal that began when the News of the World claimed that businessman Mazhar Majeed took £150,000 to arrange for the three players to bowl no-balls.