Suspect cricketers receive fees from PCB

PCB  has made part payments of the outstanding fees to six suspect cricketers including Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamir, Mohammad Asif, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik and Danish Kaneria.

Well-placed sources said that both Salman and Aamir received payments of Rs2.44 million each from their total outstanding fees of the last couple of series which come to around 8 million Pakistani rupees.

The PCB has also deducted Rs2.5m from their fees to make a payment to English lawyer Elizabeth Robertson who was hired to defend the tainted trio soon after the Scotland Yard investigators raided the team hotel in England following the spot-fixing scam.

The PCB is, however, yet to pay around Rs3 million each to Aamir, Asif and Salman, the sources said, which may not be cleared until the ICC’s decision on the spot-fixing case is completed.

All the three players are going to Doha, Qatar on Tuesday to defend their position before an ICC anti-corruption tribunal which will be holding a hearing into the spot-fixing case from Jan 6 to 11.

Meanwhile, Kamran and Shoaib, who are presently in the process of defending themselves before the PCB’s integrity committee over some fixing allegations, also received a main share of their outstanding dues which, however, does not include payments for the last series against England.

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