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Pakistan Captain Salman Butt Appeals Against Suspension on Match-Fixing

Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt is appealing his provisional suspension by the sport’s ruling body after allegations of his involvement in a betting scam.

Butt, the team captain, and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, last month were questioned by police and had their mobile phones taken after the News of the World newspaper made allegations of a betting scam during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s in London. A 35-year-old man was also arrested “on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers” and later released.

The players were charged with violations of the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code and suspended April 2. They maintained their innocence and were sent home from the remainder of the team’s tour of England. Asif and Amir haven’t appealed, the ICC said.

The chairman of the ICC’s conduct commission will decide whether Butt will remain suspended until a hearing.

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