4 Nov 2010

Pakistan suspend contracts of trio under investigation

5:41 am on 4 November 2010

The Pakistan Cricket Board has suspended the central contracts of Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif while they are being investigated for alleged spot-fixing during the recent tour to England.

A senior PCB official says the contracts were suspended in line with the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption code.

Butt and Amir's appeals against indefinite suspensions were rejected by the ICC last week.

PCB legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi says the contracts were suspended because the players were not eligible to play for Pakistan.

Amir's lawyer Shahid Karim says that under the ICC code of conduct the sport's governing body had to decide by December the 2nd whether to remove or retain the suspensions on the players.