The International Cricket Council (ICC), the apex governing body for World Cricket has suspended the trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, the players implicated in the Spot-Fixing scandal. This is a significant event as this is the first time ICC has suspended Cricketers under its Anti-Corruption Code. Also the fact that the investigations by Scotland Yard are still on and the players involved have not been found guilty thus far, this is truly an unprecedented move by ICC, perhaps a move which was coming after ICC had come under the scanner for not being alert enough and not being able to assert its authority as the apex body in such instances.

Spot-fixing in Cricket

Source: Cricinfo.com

This is a Provisional Suspension and the clause for Provisional Suspension was included in the Anti-Corruption Code less than a year ago, with unanimous approval from all ICC Member nations. The Code which was updated on 6th October 2009, has also instituted an independent panel to investigate the matter, which can’t include the Member Country involved.

Under the Article 4.6 of the Anti-Corruption Code, relating to Provisional Suspension, the suspended players cannot play any Cricket. They are also prohibited from participating in any function, event or activity that is linked in any way to ICC, a national Cricket Federation or any member of a national Cricket Federation. The Players would have 14 days to respond to the charges. If the alleged offenses are proved, it would lead to a ban. A full hearing needs to be convened within 3 months of the imposition of Provisional Suspension, after which the player can apply to the ICC Code of Conduct Commission for his suspension to be filed.

Earlier, PCB had announced that the ‘tainted trio’ had decided themselves to opt out of the remainder of the series against England and that the Board had not suspended these players. Also, the Pakistan High Commissioner to UK, Wajid Shamsul Hasan had added a new twist to the controversy by claiming that the players were ‘Set-Up’ and framed by the Indian bookies and that they were innocent.

Wajid Shamsul Hasan has slammed ICC for the suspensions saying that it was a ‘Mistake’ and that ICC was ‘Playing to the Public Gallery’ and had ‘No Business taking this action’.

Another news doing the rounds is that there have been ’Marked Notes’ found in Salman Butt’s room and locker, the same notes which were used by the ‘News of the World’ in its sting operation to pay Mazhar Majeed. If this is true, then this could be a nail in the coffin for Salman Butt.

Amidst all this chaos, Cricket’s most Respected Player Sachin Tendulkar has come out and said the following:

“ICC should make a thorough probe in the ‘spot-fixing’ scandal and take appropriate action if the players are found guilty, If the allegations are true, they will certainly bring disrepute to the game. In my 21 year of international cricket, I have never heard of an Indian player being approached by bookies”

Only time would tell what comes out of all the investigations. As I said in my last post, the guilty should be banned from life…

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