Cricket: Pakistan trio apply for legal aid
Published 17/03/2011 | 05:00
The three Pakistan cricketers accused of spot-fixing in last summer's Lord's Test are expected to apply for legal aid to defend themselves against criminal charges of corruption and cheating.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has stopped funding the legal fees of former national captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.
The PCB paid for the players to receive independent legal advice relating to a Metropolitan Police investigation into events arising from the final Test of last summer's series with England after they were questioned in September.
Following charges levelled by the Crown Prosecution Service in February the PCB is understood to have ended its funding of the trio, who will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court today .
As a result the players are expected to seek Legal Aid to fund their defence, granted at the discretion of the courts. All three players are expected to attend court today having given an assurance to the police they would return to the UK.(© Daily Telegraph, London)