ICC Move Fast to Charge "Corruption" Trio

David MoulsonContributor ISeptember 2, 2010

Pakistan One-Day captain Shahid Afridi
Pakistan One-Day captain Shahid AfridiHamish Blair/Getty Images

The International Cricket Council has moved to charge the three Pakistan players who have been subject to a police enquiry into an alleged betting scandal.

Mohammed Amir, Mohammed Asif, and Salman Butt have all been give 14 days to appeal against a ban from ALL forms of cricket for life. 

An ICC spokesman Haroon Lorgot was commented as saying, "We will not tolerate corruption in cricket—simple as that. We must be decisive with such matters and if proven, these offences carry serious penalties up to a life ban."

"The ICC will do everything possible to keep such conduct out and we will stop at nothing to protect the sport's integrity. While we believe the problem is not widespread, we must always be vigilant. It is important, however, that we do not pre-judge the guilt of these three players. That is for the independent tribunal alone to decide."

Any player ultimately found to be guilty of committing an offence under the code would be subject to the sanctions described in the ICC's Anti-Corruption Code for Players and Player Support Personnel.

That could mean upholding the player's indefinite ban with the possibility, at the discretion of an independent tribunal, of additional fines.

Details of the date of the tribunal hearing are still to be finalised.

These are still worrying times for Pakistan Cricket, a country still ridden by the deaths of many who have fought against the intense flooding in their country.