A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Mohammad Asif to pursue appeal on ICC ban

Asif wants to resume his international career as soon as possible

Disgraced Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Asif has announced that he will pursue an appeal against the seven-year ban given to him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after being found guilty of match-fixing.

Asif was jailed by a London court last November after being found guilty of conspiring to cheat and accept bribes for deliberately bowling no-balls during Pakistan’s Test match against England at Lord’s in 2010.

However, Asif was sentenced to prison along with two of his team-mates, who were former captain Salman Butt and pace bowler Mohammad Aamir.

Aamir and Butt were also handed down five-year bans by the ICC.

Asif made his appeal at the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but stated that it was on hold since there are still criminal proceedings against him in England.

Speaking exclusively to AFP, Asif said: “I had filed the appeal when I was banned by the ICC (in February 2011) and now I have decided to pursue my appeal through my counsel Ravi Gill and hope that a date is given to me very soon.”

Asif has been in the media spotlight in the past, but always for negative reasons, especially in 2006 and 2008 when he failed a drug test.

The disgraced pace bowler was also detained at Dubai airport for 19 days in June 2008 after being found in possession of a banned drug.

Asif states that he was practising hard, and even played a club match in England, where he took a hat-trick and won the Man of the Match award, which he hopes will allow him to earn his spot back on the Pakistan roster.

“I hope that I will get a fair result from the CAS and then hopefully able to revive my career, if I don’t get an early date then I will return to Pakistan and whenever I get a date then I will go to Switzerland. It has been a tough period, without cricket and away from home but I am sure its going to be over soon,” Asif said.

Asif took 106 Test wickets, 46 ODI wickets and 13 Twenty20 International wickets throughout his career with Pakistan.

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