Pakistan players Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir have failed in their attempt to have their provisional suspension from all cricket lifted.
An independent hearing upheld the suspension imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following allegations that the two players, along with Mohammad Asif, were involved in spot-fixing during the recent tour of England.
Asif had chosen not to appeal against his suspension and the three players will have their cases heard by an independent Anti-Corruption panel in due course.
"The chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission, Michael Beloff, QC, has heard in Dubai the challenge by two Pakistan players – Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir – against the provisional suspensions imposed on 2 September 2010 under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code," an ICC statement confirmed.
"After considering all the evidence Mr Beloff has rejected both challenges. As such, the players remain provisionally suspended from all cricket pending the outcome of the independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal which will hear their disciplinary cases in due course.
"As he chose not to challenge his provisional suspension, a third player – Mohammad Asif – also remains provisionally suspended."
The decision means that Butt and Amir will not be available to bolster Pakistan's squad for the ongoing One-Day International series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates.
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