Pak duo's moment of truth

Pak duo's moment of truth

Lawyers for the two players, who were suspended by the ICC in September for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing and violating the ICC anti-corruption code, will accompany them for the hearing that will be presided over by Michael Beloff QC.

Pacer Muhammad Asif, who has also been provisionally suspended by the ICC, has withdrawn his appeal against the suspension and would not be attending the hearing.

“We leave tomorrow and we have prepared a lot for this hearing that is very important for the two players. We are quietly confident of having the suspensions removed,” Aamir’s lawyer Shahid Karim said. Butt said he would not be making any comments on the hearing anymore and would wait for its outcome.

The suspended Test captain on Wednesday had said he was keen to have the suspension removed not only for himself but for the sake of Pakistan cricket.

“These allegations against me are not just about me, they have also hurt the image of Pakistan cricket and that is why I want this suspension removed,” Butt added.

Aftab Gul, who is representing Butt, said though the ICC had submitted a detailed charge sheet against his client, there were lacunae that would be discussed at the hearing. Gul said the PCB had requested the ICC to allow their legal advisor to attend the hearing but the request was turned down.