DOHA: The International Cricket Council (ICC)’s anti-corruption tribunal has reserved its decision in the spot fixing case of three Pakistan cricketers – former captain Salman Butt, fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer.
Michael Beloff, chief of the tribunal, said in his statement issued here on Tuesday.
He said that hearing would again be held on February 5 and until then the three cricketers would remain suspended.
The hearing was held behind closed doors at the Qatar Financial Centre since January 6. But after six-day hearing the tribunal could not reach any decision.
The three-man independent hearing was led by code of conduct commissioner and leading lawyer Michael Beloff of England, aided by Justice Albie Sachs from South Africa and Kenyan Sharad Rao.
The three cricketers faced charges of spot-fixing during Pakistan's tour of England last year in a scandal that rocked the sport. It is alleged that they conspired in the bowling of deliberate no-balls -- claims they all denied.
They were provisionally suspended by the ICC in September, with the world governing body's code of conduct carrying a minimum five-year ban if corruption charges are proved.
The scandal came to light when Britain's News of the World claimed that seven Pakistani players, including Butt, Aamer and Asif, took money from bookie Mazhar Majeed to obey orders at specific stages in the Lord's Test in August.
Scotland Yard detectives raided the team hotel in London, reportedly confiscating a huge amount of money from former Pakistan captain Butt's room.
It is seen as the worst scandal in cricket since that of South Africa's Hansie Cronje.
A decade ago the former South Africa captain, who died in a mysterious plane crash in 2002, was revealed to have accepted money from bookmakers in a bid to influence the course of games as well as trying to corrupt his team-mates.