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    Pak spot-fixing verdict expected on Tuesday

    Doha: The defense for three Pakistan players facing possible life bans if found guilty of fixing matches rested on Monday, and both sides have begun closing arguments at the International Cricket Council hearing.

    Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif have made no comments since the hearing started on Thursday. Final arguments are expected to carry into Tuesday, and then a three-person panel will make a ruling soon afterwards.

    The suspended trio have been charged under the ICC's code of conduct. They have said they are innocent.

    The players are accused of accepting payment for bowling no-balls at prearranged times in the fourth Test against England in August at Lord's, a fixing scandal described by the ICC as the sport's biggest in decades.

    The ICC has released no details of the hearing, including the testifying witnesses. The hearing is closed to the media.

    The Dubai-based ICC charged the trio with "alleged irregular behavior" in September after British tabloid The News of the World reported that the players received money from businessman Mazhar Majeed for "spot-fixing."

    Majeed, who was also arrested and questioned by police, appeared to accept 150,000 pounds ($241,000) from reporters posing as front men for a Far East gambling cartel.