Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have asked its tainted trio, who have been banned by the ICC and are facing criminal charges in England, to fight their legal battles independently.

Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Aamir have been given clear indications by the board that it can't help them out in fighting their case in the magistrate's court in Westminster on March.

The Scotland Yard has charged the trio with accepting bribes and trying to commit fraud. The Crown Prosecution Office has sent the case for regular hearing after finding enough evidence to support the allegations.

"The PCB has nothing to do with this case as well as the three are now banned by the ICC and the PCB being a full member of the ICC has to follow the rules and regulations and can't provide them with any help or assistance at all in this case," a board official said.

He pointed out that the board had initially provided legal assistance to the players in London when the Scotland Yard first charged them last year. The ICC also suspended them on spot-fixing allegations.

The official also cleared that the players would have to hire lawyers on their own to defend themselves.

Butt, Asif and Aamir were banned on February 5 by the ICC tribunal and have to file an appeal against their bans with the International Court of Arbitration for Sports in Geneva.

The tribunal banned Butt for 10-years (five years of suspended sentence), Asif for seven years and Aamir for five years.

(Agencies)