1 Sep 2010

Pakistani lawyer files petition for treason against cricketers

6:44 am on 1 September 2010

The Lahore High Court has summoned Pakistan's Cricket Board chairman, the federal sports minister and seven cricketers to appear next week to hear a petition calling for the players involved in the team's betting scandal in England to face treason charges.

Lawyer Ishtiaq Ahmed said after filing the petition he wants to see the players banned for life and their assets seized for the shame they've brought on their country.

The filing of such cases in Pakistan by civilians or civil lawyers is not uncommon when a major controversy hits Pakistan cricket, but the court is unlikely to make a quick decision since the petition is based only on allegations.