CAS rejects Salman, Asif ban appeals

Disgraced cricketers’ last-ditch effort goes in vain.

April 17, 2013
Asif and Butt lsot their case against life-long bans. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

GENEVA: The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected appeals against spot-fixing bans filed by disgraced former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and fast-bowler Mohammad Asif.

“The CAS has dismissed the appeals filed by the Pakistan cricket players Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt,” said CAS in a statement. “The appeals had been made against the decisions taken by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Tribunal on February 5 2011.”

The two players turned to the Swiss-based CAS in a last-ditch attempt to have their bans voided, saying they were desperate to return to the game they love.

Meanwhile, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson also issued a statement after the decision.

“The ICC notes and welcomes the decisions of the CAS as they vindicate and confirm the processes and procedures followed by the ICC over the past couple of years in respect of this important, sensitive and high-profile matter.”

Butt received a 10-year ban, five years of which were suspended, and Asif was sanctioned for seven years, with two suspended.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 18th, 2013.


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