Amir to lodge protest to ICC over info leakage on spot-fixing

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Suspended Pak pacer Mohd Amir will lodge a protest with the ICC over the continued leakage of information relating to the spot-fixing allegations.

Updated: December 29, 2010 16:40 IST
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Suspended Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir will lodge a protest with the International Cricket Council over the continued leakage of confidential information relating to the spot-fixing allegations, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Amir's lawyer Shahid Karim said that the fresh leak of the statements made by Pakistan coach Waqar Younis, captain Shahid Afridi and the national team's former security manager Javed Najam given to the ICC on the case was damaging for his client.

He said it was a matter of concern that documents relating to the case were coming in public before the hearing was held.

"I have no idea who could have leaked out these documents but it does concern my client as he feels he is being portrayed negatively before hand," Karim said.

"We intend to lodge a protest with the ICC on this issue and on how these confidential documents are coming in public," he added.

Karim, however, said he did not think that the ICC anti-corruption tribunal that will hear the spot-fixing allegations case against his client and two other suspended Pakistani players Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif will be influenced by the leakage of documents.

"The tribunal, I am hopeful, will give a decision based on facts and only it can decide whether my client is guilty or not," he said.

The statements made by Waqar, Afridi and Najam were carried in the 'Dawn' newspaper on Tuesday suggesting that the trio also suspected something was wrong in the way Amir and Asif bowled the no-balls during the fourth Test against England at Lords in August.

Butt and Asif have separate lawyers preparing for the ICC tribunal hearing to be held in Doha from January 6 to 11.

"Whatever anyone had to say about the case they have said it nothing can change that but now the decision will only come through the tribunal," Karim said.

The Lahore-based lawyer said that a strong defense was being prepared for his client and he was hopeful that the tribunal outcome would be good for Amir.

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