Spot-fixing verdict delayed
Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt must wait until February 5 to find out the decision of the ICC anti-corruption tribunal.
Last Updated: 11/01/11 4:23pm
Pakistan cricketers Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt will have to wait until February 5 to find out whether they have been found guilty of spot-fixing.
It had been thought the trio would learn their fates on Tuesday after the ICC anti-corruption tribunal in Doha heard closing arguments from both sides.
However, the three-man independent hearing, led by code of conduct commissioner and leading lawyer Michael Beloff QC, opted to defer judgement for three-and-a-half weeks.
Amir, Asif and Butt - who were answering charges relating to allegations of accepting payment for bowling no-balls at pre-arranged times in the fourth Test against England at Lord's last August - will remain suspended in the meantime.
"The tribunal has throughout been very conscious of the importance of these proceedings to the three players and to the wider world of cricket," Beloff said in the statement.
"Representations have been made to it to reserve any decision on the charges still before it until it has had sufficient time to give the issues the most careful consideration and until it is able to, at the same time as handing down its decision, to provide written reasons. This would not be feasible in the timetable agreed for this hearing in Doha.
"The tribunal has therefore determined to continue its deliberations and will hold a further hearing in Doha on February 5 this year, at which its decisions will be handed down to the parties and any consequential matters will be dealt with."