London: Mohammad Asif, the Pakistan bowler on trial for alleged spot-fixing, failed to appear for the start of the eighth day of the case at Southwark Crown Court in central London before arriving at 12.40pm. The defendants are supposed to be present during the trial at all times.
Asif, who has sat in the dock next to his former captain and co-defendant Salman Butt for the entire trial so far, has arrived for every other day in good time, smartly dressed in a suit.
When proceedings began at 10.45am, Asif's legal representative Alexander Milne QC informed the jury "you may have noticed that Mr Asif is not here" and went on but offered no explanation or excuses as to his client's absence. Butt was in the dock, though, along with the Urdu interpreter Mr. Khan.