London: Mohammad Asif attributed his infamous no-ball in last year's Lord's Test to the abuse he received in the over from his captain Salman Butt, a court heard in London on Thursday.
Butt's lawyer Ali Bajwa QC hit back at those claims, though, by counter accusing Asif of fabricating his story to justify the no-ball. In fact the 90-minute exchange between Asif and Bajwa sometimes brought laughter from the court as a result of the stand-off between the two as Asif stuck to his story against Bajwa's grilling. Asif, speaking in broken English, often required the services of his Urdu interpreter.
Asif was appearing in the witness stand for the first time on the 12th day of the alleged spot-fixing trial, and his lawyer Alexander Milne QC followed a preamble introduction of his career with the nitty-gritty moment about the no-balls in question.