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November 23, 2011
Mohammad Asif, the Pakistan bowler, has lodged an appeal against his spot-fixing conviction and sentence having engaged the services of a new defence team.
Asif was handed a 12-month jail term for his part in bowling deliberate no-balls during the 2010 Lord's Test against England. He is now using the services of Balham Chambers, a London law firm, and, unlike his team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir, is appealing the initial conviction rather than just the severity of his sentence.
On Wednesday, Butt and Amir had appeals against their sentences turned down by the Lord Chief Justice and will continue to serve their 30-month and six-month sentences respectively. However, Amir could be released by February under terms of serving half the sentence if he behaves.
All three players are also appealing against the ICC bans at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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