Three Pakistan Test cricketers suspended over allegations of spot-fixing left Tuesday for Qatar to appear at an international tribunal that could ban them from the game.
Former Test captain Salman Butt, and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, were suspended by the ICC in September following spot-fixing allegations against them during the Lord's Test against England a month earlier.
The suspension followed a sting operation by Britain's News of the World claiming that several Pakistani players took money from a bookmaker to bowl deliberate no-balls and bat maiden overs.
Salman and Aamer had their appeals against suspension rejected in October, while Asif withdrew an initial appeal.
Salman's appeal to postpone the hearing was also rejected last month.
Talking to reporters at Lahore airport, Aamer said his priority was to clear his name.
"My lawyer has prepared the case extensively and I hope that I will be cleared," said Aamer, who is accused of delivering deliberate no-balls during the Lord's Test for money -- a charge he has denied.
"This is the toughest period of my life but I am confident that it will be over and I will be playing for Pakistan soon," said Aamer.
Punishments the players face range from a five-year suspension to life bans.
Source: AFP Global Edition