Salman Butt appeals against ICC ban


Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt has appealed against his provisional suspension from cricket over spot-fixing allegations, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat said on Wednesday.

Butt, together with fast bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, was banned from playing by the ICC after allegations made by Britain’s News of the World they’d been involved in a plot to bowl deliberate no-balls during last month’s Test against England at Lord’s as part of a betting scam.

The allegations have since become the subject of a Scotland Yard investigation.

All the trio had the right of appeal and Lorgat said Butt had taken up the option, which will now be subject to a new hearing.

“We are making good progress,” Lorgat said.

“Just yesterday (Tuesday) we received a request from Salman Butt to consider lifting the suspension,” the South African added. “As expeditiously as possible, we will conduct a hearing to consider that appeal.”

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