Banned Pak pacer Mohammad Asif to pursue appeal on ICC ban


Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif has said he will make an appeal against a seven-year ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.

Asif, 29, was jailed by a London court in November last year after he was found guilty of conspiring to cheat and to accept corrupt payments over no-balls bowled deliberately during the 2010 Lord's Test against England, reports The Express Tribune.

Asif''s teammates, Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir were also arrested in the same case.

The ICC banned the trio from playing all cricket for five years. Asif''s seven-year sanction includes a two-year suspended portion.

Asif said his appeal in the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had been put on hold due to the criminal proceedings against him in England.

"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. I hope that I will get a fair result from the CAS and then hopefully able to revive my career," said Asif, who has yet to return home since being released from prison in May.

Asif failed dope tests twice - in 2006 and 2008- the second during the inaugural Indian Premier League season which ended in a one-year ban. He was also detained in Dubai for 19 days in June 2008 for possession of a banned drug.

Asif has taken 106 wickets in 23 Tests. His tally in 38 one-day internationals stood at 46. He also played 11 Twenty20s for Pakistan, taking 13 wickets.

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