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Legal Aid: Cricketer at centre of corruption scandal applies for legal aid

BBC Sport has reported that it understands that one of the cricketers accused of corruption after the News of World exposed a no-ball plot in August 2010 has applied for legal aid to fund his defence.

Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, and Mohammad Amir are facing charges of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to obtain and accept corruption payments, and are due to be tried in the Crown Court later this spring.

As the three cricketers are foreign nationals, they are entitled to request legal aid to fund their defence.

Since being suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in September 2010 after an ICC tribunal found them guilty of corruption, the cricketers have not been able to work and therefore have not been earning.

The Legal Services Commission will be responsible for deciding if the three foreign nationals from Pakistan are entitled to public funding to cover the costs of their defence.

The three are also appealing the ICC's decision to ban them from cricket in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Butt, Asif and Amir are accused of participating in a plot to deliberately bowl no balls in the fourth Test between England and Pakistan at Lord's in 2010.

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