DUBAI - International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat on Sunday expressed the hope that the sanctions imposed on three Pakistani cricketers will act as a strong deterrent to others who may be tempted to act in a way that "threatens the integrity of cricket in future". The International Cricket Council's (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat on Sunday said three Pakistan players -- Salman Butt, Asif and Aamir -- were banned on solid proof of corruption. An independent anti-corruption tribunal, chaired by Michael Beloff, found Pakistani players Salman Butt, M Aamir and M Asif guilty of charges relating to spot-fixing at the Lord's Test against England in August 2010. Butt was found guilty of breaching the ICC anti-corruption code by failing to report an approach made to him by Mazhar Majeed to engage in corrupt activity during The Oval Test match earlier in the same month. Butt has been banned for 10 yeas, five years of which are suspended. Fast bowler Asif has got a seven-year ban, two of which are suspended, while young left-arm pacer Aamir has been banned for five years. "I am satisfied that the proceedings are now over and we respect the findings of the independent tribunal. The members of this tribunal are extremely experienced and have considered the matter at great length after hearing detailed submissions from all parties," Lorgat said. "From the moment we became aware of the allegations of spot-fixing made by the News Of The World newspaper in August 2010, the ICC has left no stone unturned in pursuing this matter and we are therefore pleased with the outcome. "While I am deeply saddened that this case happened in the first place, I acknowledge and commend the decision to deliver lengthy bans to all three players. Corruption in our game will never be tolerated and I reiterate our zero-tolerance approach. I hope this investigation, and the verdicts delivered, makes that message crystal-clear." Chairman of the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) Ronnie Flanagan added: "We have received significant support and cooperation from the newspaper's investigators and the Metropolitan Police in order to develop the evidence on which the tribunal has based its decision. I would like to thank them for all of their assistance." On the publication of the tribunal's written reasoned decision, Lorgat said: "We note and agree with the tribunal's strong and unanimous desire for the ICC to publish the decision in the interests of all concerned in the world of cricket. "We are also aware and fully respect the decision of the United Kingdom's Crown Prosecution Service to charge the players with criminal offences in the UK and, with that in mind, we will carefully review the full decision and take proper legal advice before making any decision on publishing the reasoned determination." A statement read out by tribunal member Michael Beloff said: "The tribunal heard the charges under Article 2.1.1 of the Code that (respectively) Mr Asif agreed to bowl and did bowl a deliberate no ball in the Lord's Test match played between Pakistan and England from 26 to 29 August 2010. That Mr Aamir agreed to bowl and did bowl two deliberate no balls in the same Test and that Mr Butt was party to the bowling of those deliberate no balls, were proved. "We impose the following sanctions: On Butt's 10 years' ineligibility, five years are suspended on the condition that he doesn't commit further breaches of the code, and that he participates under the auspices of the Pakistan Cricket Board in a programme of anti-corruption education. On Asif, a sanction of seven years of ineligibility, two years of which are suspended on the condition that he commits no further breach of the code and also participates in an anti-corruption programme. On Aamir, a sanction of five years' ineligibility. No further sanctions are imposed on any player." The ICC statement came after a prolonged nine-hour hearing comprising tribunal members Beloff, Sharad Rao and Justice Albie Sachs and the players and their legal teams at the Qatar Financial Center. The players are now wary of being subjected to a criminal trial by the UK's crown prosecution service and there were heated arguments when their lawyers requested the ICC to adjourn the verdict, arguing that it could have an impact on the outcome of the criminal case filed in London on Friday. The charges relate to alleged incidents of corruption during a Test match against England at Lord's last year when the British tabloid News of the World claimed the players were involved in spot-fixing. The players were suspended from all forms of cricket on September 3 last year following the revelations. The trio were alleged to have obtained 150,000 pounds through a bookie, Mazhar Majeed, who was believed to have accepted 50,000 to set up the deal. Majeed, too, may be tried by the CPS. "I am very disappointed but we are hopeful we can appeal in 20 days' time," Aamir's lawyer Shahid Karim told reporters. Beloff made recommendations to the ICC to make "certain changes to the code with a view to providing flexibility in relation to minimum sentences in exceptional circumstances". "The tribunal notes that it is for the ICC, whether and if so, when, the fully reasoned decision in respect of the breaches of the Code and of the sanctions imposed in consequence should be published. It is our strong and unanimous view that it is in the interests of all concerned in the world of cricket that publication should take place as soon as possible," added Beloff.