Pakistan news August 30, 2012

Asif to pursue appeal against ICC ban

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Asif, the Pakistan seamer, has said he would pursue an appeal against the seven-year ban imposed on him by the ICC for spot-fixing. The ban (the last two years of which are suspended) was imposed on him for accepting money to bowl no-balls in the Lord's Test against England in 2010.

"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," Asif told AFP.

In November, 2011, he was sentenced to one year in prison by the Southwark Crown Court for cheating and conspiracy due to the same. Although he was released in May after serving half of the term, he has yet to return to Pakistan. Team-mates Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt, both of whom have been released, were sentenced for six months and 30 months respectively.

Asif played 23 Tests, claiming 106 wickets at an average of 24.36, before his career was cut short due to the criminal proceedings. He said his appeal against the ban in the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had been put on hold due to the criminal proceedings against him in England.

He said he had participated in a club match on Monday, and was practicing hard to bring his career back on track.

"I hope that I will get a fair result from the CAS and then hopefully able to revive my career," Asif said.

"If I don't get an early date then I will return to Pakistan and whenever I get a date then I will go to Switzerland. It has been a tough period, without cricket and away from home but I am sure it's going to be over soon."

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  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    for the sake of cricket please consider his appeal. Keeping Asif from playing is not just a loss for pakistan, it is a loss for the whole game. Enough is enough.

  • Syed on September 1, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    @Biggus- your intension is great for Pakistan team but we need to justify truly if you love the great game. Just remember back, what happened with Harshel Gibbs, Mark Waugh, Shane Warne. All have been caught by their respective cricket board. They have been punished and then back to the team. After that they make their country glorious and also got the true respect. One mistake can't end their life. Why it is different for Asif. Let him to realize his Blunder mistake. If he realize he can be an example like Gibbs, Warne.

  • Richard on September 1, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    @Ali Hasnain-You say, " bad luck came in their way", I suggest their bad luck was getting caught and the problem has nothing to do with 'bad luck', it's 'bad judgement' that caused this, these players did what they knew to be wrong because they thought they wouldn't get caught, and they've shown little remorse for their actions. If Pakistan really want to change whatever it is in their team culture that made this possible these players should be told to move on with their lives and find something else to do. Telling them off for being 'naughty' and then rushing them back into the team as soon as possible would send a bad signal to the international cricket community and suggest that Pakistan doesn't think this problem is as serious as the rest of us do. Pakistan is such a prodigious producer of talented cricketers that replacements will be found and no player is more important than Pakistan's reputation internationally.

  • Syed on September 1, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Is there anybody in present world can swim the ball like ASIF ??? Please re-consider ASIF.

  • Syed on September 1, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Hello friends! Do u think the world cricket is truly safe as per corruption is concern. We need to drill dipper and dipper to find the criminals. So, all we need is to support Asif, he can proof something else, if he proof some point that will be great for cricket. @ASIF: - you have all the rights to appeal against the ban.

  • Peter on September 1, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    Asif, you disgraced this great game. 7 years is not enough!

  • VaRUN on August 31, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    My heart aches every time I see old footage of Asif and Aamer bowl! What amazing bowlers and what talent! I used to wake up at odd hours just to see these two bowl! Too bad they drifted into the dark side. Fan from India!

  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    I hope he'll fetch nothing but disappointment, just like he disappointed all of us.

  • hibbatur on August 31, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Badly advised, will get no joy, and will waste money and time. What a bowler he was, would have made McGraw look like a shadow, how heart crunching for us Pakistanis!!

  • Cricket on August 31, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Posted by Haleos on (August 31 2012, 10:26 AM GMT) :- Completely agreed with you.

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