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Asif will have to serve the remainder of his five-year ban
Disgraced Pakistan bowler Mohammad Asif has lost his appeal against the match-fixing charges he was slapped with back in 2011.
Asif had been one of three Pakistani players indicted in a spot-fixing scandal that marred Pakistan’s tour of England back in 2010.
In their decision to decline Asif’s appeal, the three Court of Appeal judges in London stated that they were “not persuaded that there are any grounds, arguable or otherwise, for attacking the safety of the convictions of this applicant [Asif]. The renewed applications are accordingly dismissed.”
Ravi Sukul, Asif’s legal counsel, noted that the primary reason they had handed an appeal to the Court of Appeal was due to the fact that if it had been successful, then the International Cricket Council (ICC) would have had to reconsider the five-year ban they hit the 30-year-old with, which has effectively ended his international career.
“The appeal was against the two convictions he had in 2011,” Sukul said. “The two convictions to me did not accord with the legal principles of that particular case. When I read the case papers I came to the conclusion that the judge who was trying the case may have made some legal technical errors and because of that I took the case to the Court of Appeal. But the three judges who were listening to the arguments this morning did not agree with me.”
The other two players involved in the match-fixing scandal were former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and pace bowler Mohammad Amir, who was only 18-years-old at the time.
All three players were found guilty of their crimes by London’s Southwark Crown Court, and Butt, who was thought to be the ringleader of the scandal, was given a 30-month prison sentence, while Asif got 12 months and Amir six.
Asif was released from prison in May 2012 after having served half of his sentence.
Both Asif and Butt appealed against their bans at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, but their appeals were squashed in April this year.