Suspended Pakistani cricketer duo of Salman Butt and Muhammad Aamir will leave tomorrow for Dubai to attend a crucial two-day ICC hearing, which would decide their future in international cricket.
Lawyers for the two players, who were suspended by the ICC in September for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing and violating the ICC anti-corruption code, will accompany them for the hearing that will be presided over by Michael Beloff QC.
Pacer Muhammad Asif, who has also been provisionally suspended by the ICC, has withdrawn his appeal against the suspension and would not be attending the hearing. "We leave tomorrow and we have prepared a lot for this hearing that is very important for the two players.
We are quietly confident of having the suspensions removed," Aamir's lawyer Shahid Karim said. Aftab Gul, who is representing Salman Butt, said though the ICC had submitted a detailed charge sheet against his client, there were lacunae that would be discussed at the hearing.
"The main thing is these players have been accused of something nothing is proven as yet and the onus is on the ICC and its anti-corruption unit to convince the independent tribunal that the suspensions should stay," Gul said.
Gul also said that the Pakistan Cricket Board had also requested the ICC to allow their legal advisor to attend the hearing but the request was turned down.
"The ICC told the PCB that since the case was between the players and the ICC ACU the PCB had no role to play in it," Gul, a former Test player, said.
But Tafazzul Rizvi, the legal advisor of PCB, denied that they had asked the ICC for permission to attend the hearing. "I don't recall us asking for any permission we were apparently notified by the ICC about the hearing and asked if we would send anyone for the hearing," he claimed.