LAHORE The International Cricket Council has withdrawn the names of suspended Pakistan fast bowlers Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Amer from the next months ICC awards in India. An ICC source said in a statement that both pacemen were struck off the nomination list. Amer was nominated in the emerging player of the year category while Asif was nominated for Test player of the year. Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt, Asif and Amer were questioned by the police the other day after being charged and suspended by the ICC on Thursday. Last week, a British tabloid accused the three Pakistan cricketers of intentionally bowling no-balls during the fourth Test against England at Lords. Pakistans High Commissioner to Britain Wajid Shamsul Hasan said that by dropping Amer from the list of its annual awards nominees, the body has strengthened his apprehensions that there is a rat in the whole affair. In a statement issued in London on Friday night, Hasan said the removal of Amer from the list of nominees for ICCs 'emerging player of the year award violated the principle of innocent until proven guilty. I have learnt that ICC has taken cricketer Amers name off from the list of 'Players of the Year. What happened to the general principle of law 'innocent until proven guilty, Hasan asked. After the shocking, arbitrary and high-handed suspension of the three Pakistani cricketers through the ICCs uncalled for action, nothing is coming to me as a surprise. Rather, my apprehensions that there is a rat in the whole affair are being strengthened. It is emerging as a fishy situation where pieces have now started falling in place to convince me that there is more than meet the eyes, he said. The Pakistani diplomat termed the ICCs action against the tainted trio as malafide and sinister and said it was done to cover up its own wrongdoing. As I said in my Thursdays statement that after the request by the three players to the PCB, through me, for their voluntary withdrawal from playing in the current tour until their names have been cleared and their honour vindicated, ICCs action was not only in a bad taste but was also self-serving, malafide and intriguingly sinister, Hasan said in the statement. I would rather add that ICCs hasty decision was aimed at covering up its own acts of omission and commission. Its notice to the players appears to have been aimed at influencing the legal process and to prejudice the ongoing police investigation, he said. He said the cricketers would continue to cooperate in the investigation process but lamented that the investigators and ICC did not consider it appropriate to share the details with the Pakistan Cricket Board which is a party to the entire matter.