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Pakistani trio’s fate will be decided today

LONDON: British prosecutors will announce today whether three Pakistan cricketers Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Amir and Sulman Butt accused of fixing spots like No balls in an international match in England last year; will be charged with criminal offenses. Pakistani trio was questioned by London Police over claims by the News of The World newspaper, that they fixed certain incidents, such as the bowling of no-balls at pre-agreed times, during the fourth test at Lord’s last August. A fourth man, sporting agent, Mazhar Majeed will also learn if he is to face charges of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.

All three have denied any wrongdoing. A spokesman for Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service said the decision on whether to charge them would be given shortly after 1100 GMT by Simon Clements, the head of its Special Crime Division.

Former test captain Sulman Butt, and fast bowlers Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Amir have been suspended by the International Cricket Council while the allegations are investigated by the Anti-Corruption Tribunal of ICC. An International Cricket Council Anti-Corruption Tribunal will announce on Saturday its verdict on the “spot-fixing” allegations. If they are found guilty, they face lengthy career-threatening bans. However almost every Pakistani is praying that they should come clear hands.

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