Butt files reply against spot-fixing allegations

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/s/salmanbutt_afp.jpg' class='caption'> Salman Butt has filed a &quot;comprehensive and hard-hitting&quot; reply to allegations of spot-fixing against him to the ICC tribunal.

Updated: December 14, 2010 17:19 IST
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Backed by one of Pakistan's most respected lawyers, suspended Test captain Salman Butt has filed a "comprehensive and hard-hitting" reply to allegations of spot-fixing against him to the International Cricket Council tribunal.

"Salman has a very strong case to prove his innocence and we have already sent a detailed reply to all the allegations made against him to the ICC," said Aitzaz Ahsan, who is representing Butt in the case.

Ahsan said that each and every allegation made against his client had been rejected in the detailed and comprehensive reply spread over 40-pages.

"We are going into the hearing for these players well-prepared," he said.

Butt along with teammates Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir were provisionally suspended by the ICC on September 2 on allegations of spot-fixing during the team's tour of England earlier this year.

Shahid Saeed, another lawyer on Butt's legal team, also hit out at ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat for his statement in an interview to the BBC recently.

"We have filed a comprehensive and detailed reply to all the allegations made against our client," Saeed said in a statement.

"Salman Butt on December 13 has filed a detailed, comprehensive and hard-hitting 40-page response to each and every allegation brought by the ICC with regard to spot-fixing levelled against him," the statement read.

Saeed also hit out at Lorgat for violating the confidentiality agreement between the ICC and Pakistan cricket Board on the issue by giving his remarks on the case.

"We are not giving details of our reply because of the confidentiality agreement, but Haroon Lorgat has violated the same agreement, although, charges are yet to be proven against the players," he added.

"The ICC itself is violating the agreement, as evident from the recent comments of Lorgat," said the statement.

Lorgat, in an interview to BBC, had said that he would be very disappointed if the tribunal does not find the three Pakistani players guilty.

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