English prosecutor to announce Pakistan decision

The three Pakistan players at the centre of spot-fixing allegations that could end their cricket careers are set to discover Friday if they will be prosecuted by English legal authorities.

Salman Butt, who was Pakistan’s Test captain, and seamers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer have been accused of conspiring in the bowling of deliberate no-balls on last year’s tour of England — claims they all deny.

The trio could be banned for life when an International Cricket Council (ICC) tribunal announces its conclusions in Doha on Saturday.

But a day earlier they will find out if they face legal action in England following a separate investigation by London’s Metropolitan Police.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Thursday an announcement would be made at 1100GMT on Friday.

A CPS spokeswoman later told AFP there was no connection between the timing of their announcement and the ICC hearing in Doha on Saturday, saying: “We make decisions when we are ready to make them.”

Butt, Asif and Aamer are all currently provisionally suspended by the ICC.