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Butt, Aamer to challenge ICC verdict

cricket Updated: Feb 07, 2011 00:56 IST

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Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer returned to Pakistan on Sunday and pledged to clear their names of corruption charges that earned them bans of at least five years each from an International Cricket Council (ICC) tribunal.

Former Test captain Butt and pace bowlers Aamer and Mohammad Asif were found guilty of corruption by the tribunal on Saturday in Doha. Butt was banned for 10 years with five of them suspended if the 26-year-old does not re-offend and takes part in a PCB anti-corruption campaign.

Asif, 28, was banned for seven years with two suspended under the same terms as Butt, while 18-year-old Amir was given a straight five-year ban.

"I am innocent and I stand by what I say. I will not rest until I get the ban overturned," Butt told reporters at the airport.

"I don't think our arguments were heard properly and the ban is unjustified."

"We are waiting for the ICC to release the detailed judgement of the tribunal after which we will decide what to do but we have made up our minds to appeal the ban," he said.

Players banned on solid evidence: Lorgat
Doha: The ICC's chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the Pakistan players were banned on solid proof of corruption.

"We are satisfied at the tribunal's decision, which was taken on solid evidence and we hope with this decision the image of the game will improve," Lorgat told a press conference in Doha.