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Mohammad Asif appeals to CAS over ban

Published Jan 07, 2012 12:52pm


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“I can confirm that to you fully. It's a very substantial appeal. The documentation has been sent not only to the CAS, it's been sent to the ICC and to the Pakistan Cricket Board.” -File photo

MUMBAI: Pakistan's jailed pace bowler Mohammad Asif has lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against a ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption tribunal last year.

The ICC tribunal imposed minimum five-year bans on Asif and his team mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir for their involvement in spot-fixing during the fourth test against England at Lord's in August, 2010.

A spokesman for Asif's law firm, SJS Solicitors, said an appeal had been filed.

“I can confirm that to you fully. It's a very substantial appeal. The documentation has been sent not only to the CAS, it's been sent to the ICC and to the Pakistan Cricket Board,” he said by telephone on Saturday.

“These legal representations are highly professional and very serious.”

An ICC spokesman said the world governing body were not aware of the appeal.

The Pakistan trio were also found guilty of spot-fixing charges by the Southwark crown court in London last year and given prison sentences.

Asif had engaged the legal firm after his conviction by the crown court.

Asif, 29, who played 23 tests and 38 one-day internationals, was handed a 12-month sentence for his part in bowling deliberate no-balls during the Lord's Test.


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Dr. Salaria, Aamir A Jan 07, 2012 07:38pm
Best of luck to Asif but it seems to be too late and too little at the wrong time. He should have approached CAS immediately after being convicted of corruption by the so-called ICC anti-corruption tribunal more than a year ago. Nevertheless, there is no harm in at least trying a new avenue which might help to upheld his appeal against the ICC.
M. Asghar Jan 07, 2012 08:14pm
The best thing for him would have been that he acted as a resposable person all the time and avoided this avidity trap and all the harm that came up with this foulness.Still , one wishes to him the best possible future.
Capt Mansur Khan (Na Jan 07, 2012 08:32pm
All the best Asif. Everyone deserves a second chance.
Khurram Jan 07, 2012 09:05pm
Its time for him to start cable service in his village
niazi Jan 07, 2012 09:56pm
no pardon; they disgraced the country.
jehangir Jan 07, 2012 10:02pm
No chance..... you don't deserve a chance for selling out my country. There can be no forgiveness for you and your teams mates who have sold Pakistan.
Newyorker Jan 07, 2012 11:27pm
I am shocked at British Court taking charge of Pakistani players and putting them in British prisons. What the Pakistani Consulate is doing in Britain to protect their citizens? Just imagine if any of the British player would have been arrested in Pakistan, the British Consulate would have taken them back to Britian in no time and would have no case against them or may be few hunderd Dollar fine. Just few no balls? no impact on game; No big deal, not enogh to put such young players in British Incarceration. Probably $500 fine is more than enough, they should be back to game field with warning to loose the staus if such behavior repeated. This is evil act of a British Court. I am totally disgusted, shame on all British and pakistani News media for downgrading such excellent players.Pakistani Team was on an Official Tour, British Authority have no legal rights to take any legal action in Britian.They should be released and back to game where they belong, otherwise half of you parliment be incarcerated.
nunya Jan 08, 2012 12:18am
So Dr Salaria you want a known and proven cheater and fraudster to represent your country? Someone who will wear the emblem of our country on his hat and then take money to deliberately lose and humiliate the country? Or are you one of those who don't believe in "evidence" and "proof" and like most typical stupid Pakistanis are willing to believe that everything that always happens against Pakistan is always always a huge conspiracy by India and Israel?
jawaid Jan 08, 2012 02:53am
This was a very profession sting. These players were trapped. I wonder how many countries have benefited from that. Mohammed Amir and MOhammed Asif, would have been too hot to handle. So this was a ploy to trap them. They could not get them banned for ball tempering any more.
Dr Ahmad Jan 08, 2012 04:33am
Ok,,, No I would not accept them back to Pakistan,,, they are not Pakistanis. After serving the jail time they should ask India to give them amnesty. These are not true Pakistanis and we sick of the corruption. Lets Start the clean up process by prohibiting them entering Pakistan and cancel their pakistani citizenship. I would forgive Aamir and give him a second chance,, BUTT has to take his butts elsewhere Asif as well. And the existing team,, learn lesson and beat the help out of India in the next world cup,, enough is enough, next time win it from India ,, we dont need river flows .
Jamal Anjum Jan 08, 2012 05:01am
Asif definitey has a right to all legal avenues including appeals and reviews.It is highly improbable however, that he would get any relief. A cricketer,, like any other sportsman is considered an ambassador. He has actd shamelessly. He brought a black spot on Pakistan. And this is not the first time. Please remember drug was found in his possession in UAE. His entry into that country has been banned. What a shame. He should harvest what has a sowed.
Naeem Jan 08, 2012 09:48am
I would not even waste the time or paper for his appeal although he is excercising his right to appeal lets not forget his true worth for why he has been banned.
Zahid Jan 08, 2012 02:57pm
Why does all the biggest cricket scandals happen for pakistan and in pakistan... ???