Pakistan's Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt to appeal against suspensions

Guilty of spot-fixing in 2009, pacer Mohammed Aamer is not appealing against his five-year ban by the International Cricket Council.

updated: February 05, 2013 20:00 IST
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It's going to be an important week in the lives of former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt and speedster Mohammad Asif as both try to overturn the ban imposed by the International Cricket Council for spot-fixing in 2009.

While Asif's appeal against his conviction and five-year sentence will be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne on Thursday, Butt's hearing will come up the following day. Butt will be appealing against his 10-year suspension. Both have served almost two-and-a-half years of their bans.

The third player, Mohammad Amir (or Aamer), also pulled up for spot-fixing, is not appealing against his five-year ban, according to reports. All three were found guilty by an ICC tribunal in Doha in January 2010. Their careers crashed when a News of the World sting operation arranged for three no balls to be bowled at pre-agreed times during England's first innings of the Lord's Test in exchange for 150,000 Pounds (1 Pound = Rs 84).

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