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Butt appeals to CAS over cricket ban
10:09 AEST Sat Feb 9 2013

Disgraced former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt on Friday said he hoped the Court of Arbitration for Sport would overturn his ban imposed for spot-fixing and let him return to the game he loves.

"I am grateful to the CAS that they have allowed me this opportunity to appeal this sentence," Butt said in a statement released after a day-long hearing at the Swiss-based court.

"Since September 2010, until now, I have not been able to play any meaningful game of cricket: to coach or to even be involved in the administration of the game.

"I love cricket: it is something that runs through me in my veins and my blood. I truly pray that they can change it for me by reducing the sentence."

Butt's appearance came a day after Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif appeared before the court, in what he described to AFP as a "quite busy" day of hearings about the infamous Lord's Test against England in 2010.

A verdict is expected for both men in the next three weeks.

Butt, Asif and fellow paceman Mohammad Aamer were banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2011 after being found guilty of corruption for deliberately contriving no balls to order in that match.

In November 2011, they were jailed by a British court over the scandal, which was linked to an illegal betting ring.

All three were released last year after completing half of their sentences.


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