London:Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt has appealed against his provisional suspension from cricket over spot-fixing allegations, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat said Wednesday.
Butt, together with fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, was banned from playing by the ICC after allegations made by Britain's News of the World they'd been involved in a plot to bowl deliberate no-balls during last month's Test against England at Lord's as part of a betting scam.
The allegations have since become the subject of a Scotland Yard investigation.
All the trio had the right of appeal and Lorgat said Butt had taken up the option, which will now be subject to a new hearing.
"We are making good progress," Lorgat told BBC television
"Just yesterday (Tuesday) we received a request from Salman Butt to consider lifting the suspension," the South African added. "As expeditiously as possible, we will conduct a hearing to consider that appeal."
Lorgat's comments came just hours after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt flew into England and refused to apologise for his part in the ongoing 'fixing' row.
Pakistan's recent tour of England, where they also played Australia in a neutral series, was marred by spot-fixing allegations.
The tour ended in acrimony when Ijaz Butt alleged England players were paid "enormous amounts of money" to lose the third one-day international at The Oval, sparking a furious row between the two countries' cricket officials.
England players and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have threatened legal action unless they receive an unreserved apology from Ijaz Butt who, at the time, said he was just repeating something he'd heard from bookmakers.
Lorgat added Ijaz Butt, who flew into London on Tuesday, was due to meet with ECB chairman Giles Clarke later on Wednesday.
Ijaz Butt gave little away when asked by reporters after getting off his plane Tuesday if he'd apologise.
"I will talk to you people once I am through with my visit here."
As to whether he was ready for legal action if he didn't apologise, Ijaz Butt said: "It depends, we'll see what happens.
"There is a lot of confusion, once I am through (with this visit) most of this confusion will be overcome."
His comments could lead to his own suspension as an ICC director, a post he holds by virtue of his PCB role, because he appears to have breached the code of ethics that governs all those who are directors of cricket's global governing body.
However, the ICC are waiting to see if England and Pakistan can resolve the matter between them before taking any action themselves.