Pakistan news August 30, 2012

Asif to pursue appeal against ICC ban

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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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  • 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.r.karim 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.

  • Biggus 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.r.karim on September 1, 2012, 3:16 GMT

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

  • syed.r.karim 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.

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

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

  • the_blue_android 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!

  • on August 31, 2012, 15:29 GMT

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

  • keptalittlelow 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!!

  • Sports4Youth on August 31, 2012, 12:33 GMT

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

  • 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.r.karim 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.

  • Biggus 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.r.karim on September 1, 2012, 3:16 GMT

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

  • syed.r.karim 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.

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

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

  • the_blue_android 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!

  • on August 31, 2012, 15:29 GMT

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

  • keptalittlelow 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!!

  • Sports4Youth on August 31, 2012, 12:33 GMT

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

  • Sports4Youth on August 31, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Bad Idea. The appeal could rebound, sentence can be enhanced in appeal. In anycase he will be 33 after the minimum 5 years. Does he expect a hero's welcome in the team after that.

  • on August 31, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    He could have been a true legend along with amir and gul but their bad luck came in their way ..! anyone remember when these three were going great people used to call them (AAG) Aamir, Asif, Gul & these three were the most threatening trio around the world

  • on August 31, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    best new ball bowler............................................

  • on August 31, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    well best of luck :) but i dont think so he ll back ...........

  • on August 31, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Dont really care about Butt, I wish ICC can re-consider its stance on Asif and Amir and let them play again. They make cricket more exciting and enjoyable to watch not only for the Pakistani supporters but for every one.

  • Haleos on August 31, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    will this circus ever end. These players were proven guilty. Proven not accussed. Why can not they just accept what they did? Shameless.

  • Nigah on August 31, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    I would love to see all my three Heroes back to the game, I know they done something unforgettable but now they realize that they were wrong. I believe now they all three will teach others what the learn from last two years and half. I would like to make an humble Appeal to ICC that please be lenient with these brilliant players.

  • Hassan_U on August 31, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Would love to see him back. Mistakes can be forgiven..he made some of the best batsman look like just Ordinary batsmen. you check out how he got Laxman, Shewag, Tendulkar, KP out in ODI and Test matches. KP never got going against him in all three formats.

  • on August 31, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    i ve never seen a bowler like him lately in cricket.

  • Zahidsaltin on August 31, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    A true magician who could fox the bast of the best. I miss watching him bowl. Why the hell you had to do that Asif. Why?

  • on August 30, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    what a classy test bowler he was

  • getsetgopk on August 30, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    You now, please leave us and our cricketers alone, you will find alot of other similar things to do and good luck with that.

  • on August 30, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    i never saw a better new bowl bowler than him...

  • Dashgar on August 30, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Hopefully these guys do come back having learnt their lesson and really help clean up the sport. Players of their talent shouldn't be lost to politics and making statements. Whether the appeal works or not, after they do their time they should get a clean slate.

  • mk007 on August 30, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Best In The World Every One Wants To See Him Play Again

  • on August 30, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    i would like to see Asif in the Pakistab cricket team's outfit in the coming years..

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  • on August 30, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    i would like to see Asif in the Pakistab cricket team's outfit in the coming years..

  • mk007 on August 30, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Best In The World Every One Wants To See Him Play Again

  • Dashgar on August 30, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Hopefully these guys do come back having learnt their lesson and really help clean up the sport. Players of their talent shouldn't be lost to politics and making statements. Whether the appeal works or not, after they do their time they should get a clean slate.

  • on August 30, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    i never saw a better new bowl bowler than him...

  • getsetgopk on August 30, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    You now, please leave us and our cricketers alone, you will find alot of other similar things to do and good luck with that.

  • on August 30, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    what a classy test bowler he was

  • Zahidsaltin on August 31, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    A true magician who could fox the bast of the best. I miss watching him bowl. Why the hell you had to do that Asif. Why?

  • on August 31, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    i ve never seen a bowler like him lately in cricket.

  • Hassan_U on August 31, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Would love to see him back. Mistakes can be forgiven..he made some of the best batsman look like just Ordinary batsmen. you check out how he got Laxman, Shewag, Tendulkar, KP out in ODI and Test matches. KP never got going against him in all three formats.

  • Nigah on August 31, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    I would love to see all my three Heroes back to the game, I know they done something unforgettable but now they realize that they were wrong. I believe now they all three will teach others what the learn from last two years and half. I would like to make an humble Appeal to ICC that please be lenient with these brilliant players.