Banned Pakistan cricketers skip corruption lectures

Wasim Bari, the head of the program to combat corruption in Pakistan cricket, confirmed Thursday that the trio banned for spot fixing is not among the 400 who have attended educational lectures.

The head of the Pakistan program to combat match-fixing said Thursday that the three players suspended for corruption are not among the 400 who have already attended lectures.

Former Pakistan player Wasim Bari said because Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif have filed appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, they are not allowed to take part.

"We can't include the trio in our education program. The matter is subjudice," Bari told The Associated Press. "They are simply banned at the moment and can't participate in any program."

The trio were banned for a minimum of five years by the International Cricket Council in February for their involvement in no-balls being bowled at predetermined times in a test against England last year. The scandal was first uncovered by a British tabloid.

Last year, the ICC asked the Pakistan Cricket Board to organize education programs for its players following the scandal.

Bari has been organizing lectures since late last year to all 22 regional teams, the national under-19 side and Pakistan A squad.

"The players are taught how to avoid getting lured into corrupt practices," he said "[And] how they should interact with strangers.

"We want players to know what they can do and what they can't [do] by the time they are picked for international matches. We have also translated the ICC's code of conduct and the PCB's code of conduct in Urdu, so that players can understand it more easily."

Pakistan has previously been affected by match-fixing. Former captain Salim Malik was given a life ban in 2000 following a PCB-appointed inquiry that implicated him in fixing internationals.

Australian players Shane Warne, Mark Waugh and Tim May accused Malik of offering them bribes to underperform during their tour of Pakistan in 1994.

In 2008, a court in Pakistan lifted Malik's life ban and the PCB has never appealed the decision.