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Pakistan batsman Salman Butt has formally appealed against his provisional suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) under the sport's governing body's Anti-Corruption Code.
Butt, along with fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif was handed the suspension following the fourth Test against England at Lord's and a News Of The World investigation which claimed the three players had been involved in a plan to bowl deliberate no-balls.
The three players were then charged with 'various offences' on 2nd September and Butt is the only one of the three to so far exercise his right of appeal.
Haroon Lorgat, chief executive of the ICC, commented: “The ICC Anti-Corruption Code provides the opportunity for the players to appeal against the imposition of the provisional suspension and the ICC shall convene an independent hearing as quickly and as efficiently as possible. In the meantime the player remains provisionally suspended from all cricket.”
Michael Beloff QC will now determine whether the provisional suspension should remain in place ahead of a full hearing into the charges is instigated.
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