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Mohammad Asif. -File photo

LAUSANNE: Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif is hopeful the Court of Arbitration for Sport will overturn his ban for spot-fixing in one of the biggest cricket scandals in years, he said on Thursday.

“Today was quite busy,” Asif told AFP after the end of a day-long hearing behind closed doors at the CAS's Swiss headquarters. “They will give us their decision in the next three weeks.” He added: “Hopefully I am going to win this case. I'd like to play cricket again.” On Friday, Pakistan captain Salman Butt is due to attend a CAS appeal hearing on his own ban.

Butt, Asif and fellow fast bowler Mohammad Aamer were banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for contriving to bowl deliberate no-balls during the Lord's Test between Pakistan and England in August 2010.

Butt was banned for 10 years, with five suspended, Asif for seven years, with two suspended, and the then teenager Aamer for five years.

The trio were also jailed by a British court over the scandal in November 2011. All three were released last year after completing half of their sentences.

Aamer, now 20, decided not to pursue his appeal at the CAS, after pleading guilty to the charges in Britain.

“It's a high-profile case of two world-class players with the whole cricket world focused on it and we will fight to get the ban overturned,” Asif's lawyer Ravi Sukul told AFP from London earlier this week.

“Asif was a terrific bowler and it was terribly unfortunate that a bowler of his class suffered this, but we will try our best to get this ban overturned and Asif is in high spirits.” Asif, 30, played 23 Tests and 38 one-day internationals and was regarded as one of the best new-ball bowlers in the world.

Butt, 28, was made Test captain on the fateful tour of England, and Aamer was regarded as the fastest emerging bowler in the world.

Updated Feb 07, 2013 06:59pm

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Ash
Feb 08, 2013 02:49pm
At 18 you should know right from wrong. A poor excuse, this is why Pakistan is in such a bad way, so many excuses for wrong doing.
ahmed
Feb 08, 2013 12:18am
wait for the moment when Mohammed aamir will be back!
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
Feb 08, 2013 12:22am
Although pretty late, it is heartening to know that eventually, these banned cricketers in order to seek true justice and fair verdict for their individual cases have finally approached the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS; French:Tribunal Arbitral du Sport or TAS) based in Lausanne, Switzerland. In fact, CAS is by far, the highest global court originally set up in 1984 as part of IOC to settle disputes pertaining to sports, sportsmen and sportswomen. It also merits mention at this crucial juncture in time and history that if these cricketers got the timely, professional and right legal counseling at the initial stage, they would have filed their petitions at CAS long time back. Nevertheless, its never too late to seek true justice because history is testimonial to the fact that many criminals and great men and women got exonerated after spending decades behind bars for crimes which they never committed. Concurrently, since the ICC is a 'defendant' instead of a usual judge in these two case filed at CAS, the unbiased, third party and neutral members of the global cricket fraternity are happy to know, acknowledge and realize this fact as a 'blessings in disguise'. Furthermore, it also proves the fact that ICC, dominated since its inception by a particular set of administrators stemming from a special 'breed of experts' is not over and above the law. In essence, ICC is also answerable to a higher Sports body of the world based in a traditionally and historically neutral country like Switzerland. Over the last so many years, unfortunately, from its day-to-day operations, ICC never appeared to be answerable to anybody, what to talk of CAS or any other International Court. On behalf of the world cricket fraternity, I would like CAS to dispense true and fair justice in case of these two talented and out-standing cricketers. This in fact is also a 'test case' before the CAS. It will go a long way in establishing, reinforcing and consolidating the legal powers, jurisdiction and authority of CAS over other world sports bodies working under it like ICC, FIFA and IHF. Hopefully, true justice will prevail in the end.
No tolerence
Feb 08, 2013 10:29am
@ Bansal There are more corrupt people in our societies and even ICC.
Zainab
Feb 07, 2013 10:26pm
I agree, what they did was shameful.
S.P.Bansal
Feb 07, 2013 03:12pm
Got a lighter punishment. These players should be banned for life time.
S.P.Bansal
Feb 08, 2013 03:24pm
Sever punishment for life time ban only should be given to these players. No sympathy or mercy
enayat ullah
Feb 07, 2013 09:25pm
i want he should ban forever to play circket.
shakeel
Feb 08, 2013 05:21am
they did a crime and they are punished and humiliated, but i think its enough for them, now we should give them a second chance, everybody deserve a second chance in life. as for as nation is concerned, we have already been disgraced by our politicions alot, in comparison to that what they did, looks too small to me, but i want PCB to develop some good procedure, to keep players away from such things,
Mandeep
Feb 07, 2013 08:28pm
I salute his guts...
kaiser waziri
Feb 08, 2013 05:01am
They have a right to appeal. But we all know that they were guilty as hell. I will be shocked if they let him off the hook. They better save some money that they are spending on the lawyers!
Suresh
Feb 08, 2013 03:06am
They got what they deserve, however, dont make his life miserable. In Australia we give even a murderer a second chance, so why not Asif, he seems to have learned his lesson, and hopefully wont repeat.
Mustafa
Feb 08, 2013 01:11am
How much the trio will disgrace us?
Ash
Feb 08, 2013 02:47pm
Because they got caught in the UK and have been before a Court of Law. I Sir would back our Legal System any day of the week against yours. They were guilty. You being a Muslim would probably not know of the gambling by ordinary men in the Street, putting their money on a crooked game.
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
Feb 07, 2013 04:53pm
Although pretty late, it is heartening to know that eventually, these banned cricketers in order to seek true justice and fair verdict for their individual cases have finally approached the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS; French:Tribunal Arbitral du Sport or TAS) based in Lausanne, Switzerland. In fact, CAS is by far, the highest global court originally set up in 1984 as part of IOC to settle disputes pertaining to sports, sportsmen and sportswomen. It also merits mention at this crucial juncture in time and history that if these cricketers got the timely, professional and right legal counseling at the initial stage, they would have filed their petitions at CAS long time back. Nevertheless, its never too late to seek true justice because history is testimonial to the fact that many criminals and great men and women got exonerated after spending decades behind bars for crimes which they never committed. Concurrently, since the ICC is a 'defendant' instead of a usual judge in these two case filed at CAS, the unbiased, third party and neutral members of the global cricket fraternity are happy to know, acknowledge and realize this fact as a 'blessings in disguise'. Furthermore, it also proves the fact that ICC, dominated since its inception by a particular set of administrators stemming from a special 'breed of experts' is not over and above the law. In essence, ICC is also answerable to a higher Sports body of the world based in a traditionally and historically neutral country like Switzerland. Over the last so many years, unfortunately, from its day-to-day operations, ICC never appeared to be answerable to anybody, what to talk of CAS or any other International Court. On behalf of the world cricket fraternity, I would like CAS to dispense true and fair justice in case of these two talented and out-standing cricketers. This in fact is also a 'test case' before the CAS. It will go a long way in establishing, reinforcing and consolidating the legal powers, jurisdiction and authority of CAS over other world sports bodies working under it like ICC, FIFA and IHF. Hopefully, true justice will prevail in the end.
Akbar
Feb 08, 2013 11:57am
"...and we will fight to get the ban overturned." As if our boys were innocent all the way through and unjustly prosecuted. Guys, simply accept your guilt. You have really been let off loosely. Repent and show dignity.
shakeel
Feb 07, 2013 08:15pm
why so serious, buddy , they have got enough punishment, there are many people doing bigger crimes than these people, murderers are sitting in our assemblies, is their crime bigger than that ?
Shahryar Shirazi
Feb 07, 2013 07:46pm
Butt and Amir for sure. I think they should have handed off just 3 years to Amir. Think about this - I don't know how old are you, but its quite easy to pressure and lure an 18 year old into some thing dirty. Punishment to Amir is quite harsh, IMO ...
Dilawer
Feb 07, 2013 07:40pm
Bansal, I am sure that you are an expert in these matters. May I ask your credentials and expertise since you sound very confident in your judgement.
Indusonian
Feb 07, 2013 07:39pm
He and Salman needs to be banned for life even from appearing at sports telecasts. They have brought enough disgrace and shame to this nation.
Fen
Feb 07, 2013 06:50pm
How come Suresh Raina escaped punishment after involved with match fixing lady in Sri Lanka and how does Rohit Sharma,India and Wayne Parnwal,South africa escaped punishment despite being drug cheats. Seems laws are not equal for every one.
kkiani
Feb 07, 2013 05:39pm
insha allah with the grace of alimighty allah the most beneficient and the most merciful he will be successful in his appeal.may ALLAH the alimighty bless him,as i know he has been trapped.
ejaz
Feb 07, 2013 05:27pm
why india is root casue of match fixing
Tahir Ali
Feb 07, 2013 05:07pm
Yes like Mohammad Azhar ud din. Right?