The International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption chief
believes Pakistan’s cricketing trio have a case to answer. Captain
Salman Butt, and bowlers Aaamer and Asif were suspended on Friday by
ICC on various charges including corruption, betting and misuse of
inside information.

The charges have been leveled under Article 2 of the ICC
Anti-Corruption Code for Players and Player Support Personnel, Ronnie
Flanagan who is the anti-corruption chief of ICC said at a press
conference in London on Friday.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir, one member of the trio embroiled in the
betting scam claims, reported to a British police station today.

The fast bowler arrived at Kilburn Police Station, near Lord’s cricket
ground in north London, where he is expected to be interviewed by
detectives.

Police detectives are also expected to question captain Salman Butt
and Mohammad Asif on charges of “spot-fixing” during the fourth Test
between England and Pakistan at Lord’s last month.

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat said
the case was now the subject of a criminal investigation and spoke of
his ‘extreme disappointment’.



‘We will do whatever we can to preserve the integrity of the game,’ he added.

‘There is absolutely no truth to the suggestion that there is a
conspiracy towards Pakistan cricket,’ he said.

‘There is a lot of sympathy for Pakistan and its players.’

Meanwhile, Zaheer Abbas, former Pakistan captain and team manager,
said the ICC’s involvement did not bode well for the players.

“Before it was allegations, but now the ICC has taken a very tough
step, which has raised the suspicions,” Abbas said.

“Our players couldn’t differentiate between friends and foes. I still
hope that our players could come out clean,” Abbas added.