Butt files elaborate reply in fixing case

first_imgBacked 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 ICC 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 Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir 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 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.Meanwhile, Butt insisted that a London ice- cream parlour could help clear him of spot-fixing allegations made as part of the corruption scandal surrounding the Pakistan team.Butt said thousands of pounds discovered in his London hotel room after a sting operation, came from daily tour allowances, bat sponsorship and the ice-cream parlour opening.advertisement”Everybody knows the PCB pays us daily allowances on tours and it was a long tour, so about 11,000 of this money was from my daily allowances,” he said. Being captain I have extra entertainment allowance which amounts to about 4,500 pounds from the tour – which I had with me,” the 26-year old opening batsman added.”The rest of the money was advance payment for my bat stickers. I was under contract with Capital Cricket. 2,500 were given to me for the opening of an ice cream parlour in Tooting (south London).”- With PTI inputslast_img read more