15 Feb 2011

Pakistan bank drops banned players contracts

5:57 am on 15 February 2011

Pakistan's largest bank has decided not to renew the contracts of three leading cricketers banned on corruption charges.

Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were on the National Bank payroll for playing on the institution's cricket team in domestic tournaments.

Butt was banned for 10 years with a five-year suspended ban, Asif for seven years with two-year suspended ban and Aamer for five years by an anti-corruption tribunal of the International Cricket Council.

The charges related to the Lord's Test between Pakistan and England last August when they allegedly took money from a bookmaker to bowl deliberate no-balls.

All three players have hinted they will appeal against the bans.

They have 21 days, from February the 5th when the bans were imposed, to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, based in Switzerland.