Pakistan hearing in January
Pakistan players Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt are to face the ICC's Anti-Corruption Tribunal in January.
Last Updated: 12/11/10 3:00pm
Pakistan players Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt are to face the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Tribunal in January, it was announced on Friday.
The trio, who are currently suspended after being charged with spot-fixing in the fourth Test against England in the summer, are scheduled to have their case heard in Doha, Qatar, between January 6-11.
Asif has waived his right to challenge his suspension, while fellow seamer Amir and previous captain Butt lost appeals of their own at the end of last month.
Michael Beloff QC, the man who chaired the Code of Conduct Commission that rejected those appeals, will also chair the full hearing.
Alongside Beloff on the tribunal will be fellow code of conduct commissioners Justice Albie Sachs of South Africa and Kenya's Sharad Rao.
Announcing the details of the hearing, the ICC statement read: "The ICC can confirm that, during a telephone hearing earlier today, the Chair of the ICC's Code of Conduct Commission, Mr Michael Beloff QC, formally appointed an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal to determine the alleged breaches of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Code by three Pakistan players - Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif.
"During the telephone hearing it was also agreed that the full hearing would be scheduled to take place from 6-11 January 2011 in Doha, Qatar."
Two months have now passed since the News of the World alleged that Amir and Asif bowled no-balls to order during the fourth Test at Lord's.
The newspaper also claimed that Butt was involved in his role as skipper.
A Scotland Yard investigation followed and all three players had their mobile phones confiscated by police investigators.
They proclaimed their innocence following a meeting with Pakistan High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan but with the Pakistan Cricket Board refusing to impose sanctions, the ICC then moved to suspend them.
Pakistan cricket has since been subject to further such allegations, although the ICC found there was no substance to claims of match-fixing in the subsequent one-day series against England.
This week, however, wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider made worldwide headlines when he absented himself from Pakistan's one-day series against South Africa in Dubai and flew to London.
Haider has claimed he received death threats from parties interested in securing his services as a fixer.