Asif’s international career could be all but over if his ban is not lifted
Disgraced Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Asif has presented an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in hopes that they will consider overturning the seven-year ban the International Cricket Council (ICC) slapped him with for his role in a match-fixing scandal that rocked the cricketing world to its core.
Asif appeared before a CAS panel in Lausanne, Switzerland, and according to reports, the outcome of whether the ban will be overturned or not will take anywhere between three and six weeks.
“Today was quite busy,” Asif told AFP. “They will give us their decision in the next three weeks. Hopefully I am going to win this case. I’d like to play cricket again.”
Former captain Salman Butt is also expected to hand in a appeal against his ten-year ban after he was found to be the ringleader of the entire match-fixing scandal through a sting operation launched by the now defunct News of the World.
“Cricket is my life and every single day that has passed has been so painful because I have not been able to play,” Butt said in a statement. “All I want is an opportunity to get back into cricket whilst I am still young and I can still play well.”
Quick bowler Mohammad Amir, who was the third player indicted in the match-fixing probe, decided not to appeal against his five-year ban and has been extremely apologetic about his disgraceful actions.
The ICC ban prohibits him from playing any form of cricket, whether it be international, domestic or club until September 2015.
All three players were also given prison sentences for the seriousness of their crimes.
Butt only ended up serving seven months of a 30-month sentence, Asif spent six months in jail out of the 12-month sentence he received and Amir spent three months in a young offenders’ institution after admitting to match-fixing during his pre-trial hearing.