Pakistan 'spot-fixing' controversy timeline

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Timeline of the cricket "spot-fixing" controversy ahead of an independent tribunal opening on Thursday.

Updated: January 06, 2011 08:26 IST
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Timeline of the cricket "spot-fixing" controversy ahead of an independent tribunal opening on Thursday at which Pakistan players Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif face allegations of breaching the the ICC's anti-corruption code:

August 29, 2010

- The News of the World says it paid 150,000 pounds (230,000 dollars) to a middle man in return for details about the timing of three no-balls in Pakistan's fourth Test against England at Lord's.

- The report says Pakistan bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif delivered the blatant no-balls at exact points in the match agreed with the alleged fixer.

- The bowlers and Test captain Salman Butt are interviewed by Scotland Yard detectives.

- News of the World publishes photograph of the alleged middle man, Mazhar Majeed, counting wads of banknotes given to him by a reporter posing as a front man for a betting syndicate. Majeed is later bailed.

August 30

- There are suggestions that Butt, Amir and Asif could be withdrawn from the Pakistan team to ensure that two Twenty20 internationals in Cardiff go ahead.

August 31

- Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) says it will not suspend its players while investigations continue.

- Butt, Amir and Asif summoned to meet the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Ijaz Butt, and the Pakistan high commissioner, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, in London.

September 2

- Salman Butt, Amir and Asif dropped from the Twenty20 games.

- The three vow to clear their names, according to Hasan, who adds that they are pulling out of the tour because of the "mental torture" of the scandal.

- ICC charges Butt, Amir and Asif with various offences under its anti-corruption code. All three are provisionally suspended.

September 3

- Ronnie Flanagan, chairman of the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, tells reporters: "The conclusion that we have come to is that there is a really arguable case to answer."

September 4

- Pakistan one-day skipper Shahid Afridi apologises for the "spot-fixing" row, saying: "On behalf of these boys -- I know they are not in this series -- I want to say sorry to all cricket lovers and all the cricketing nations."

- News of the World claims a fourth Pakistan player is being probed over the claims, but declines to name him for "legal reasons".

September 5

- News of the World releases footage of Pakistan Test player Yasir Hameed in which he claims team-mates "were doing it (fixing) in every match".

September 17

- Police pass the "spot-fixing" file to the Crown Prosecution Service.

September 18

- ICC launches investigation into the third one-dayer at The Oval -- won by Pakistan -- after receiving information from the Sun tabloid on allegedly pre-arranged scoring patterns. It later emerges that the ICC tried to persuade the ECB to call off the Oval match shortly before the start.

September 19

- PCB chairman Ijaz Butt alleges England were paid "enormous amounts of money" to lose deliberately at The Oval.

September 20

- England team threaten to sue Ijaz Butt.

September 22

- England, having been pulled back from 2-0 up to 2-2, beat Pakistan by 121 runs at the Rose Bowl to take the five-match series 3-2 in the final fixture of the English season.

September 29

- Ijaz Butt withdraws allegations that England players had "thrown" the third one-day international.

October 4

- Chairman of non-league English football club Croydon Athletic David Le Cluse, 44, found dead from gunshot wounds in a garage near his home in Sutton, south of London. The owner of the club is Mazhar Majeed.

October 13

- The ICC says there is no evidence of corruption in the third one-day international between Pakistan and England.

October 22

- Asif withdraws challenge to his provisional suspension.

November 4

- Pakistan suspends the contracts of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.

December 13

- Salman Butt denies allegations he was involved in a spot-fixing scam, saying: "I have not done anything such as this in all my life or cricketing career".

January 6, 2011

- A three-man independent anti-corruption tribunal against Butt, Asif and Amir opens in Doha, led by code of conduct commissioner and leading lawyer Michael Beloff of England.

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