'Defiant' Asif To Appeal Against Conviction - Report

	'Defiant' Asif To Appeal Against Conviction - Report
'Defiant' Asif To Appeal Against Conviction - Report
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A report in Pakistan claims that jailed fast bowler Mohammad Asif has replaced his legal team and is set to launch an appeal against his conviction for conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments.

Asif was jailed for one year, along with team-mates Salman Butt (30 months) and Mohammad Amir (six months) after being found guilty of both charges.

Butt and Amir are both appealing against the sentences handed to them but not the convictions, which were brought following an investigation by the now-defunct News of the World.

Agent Mazher Majeed was also jailed for a period of two years and eight months for his part in the plot to bowl no balls at specific points of the Test between Pakistan and England in August 2010 at Lord's.

According to a report in Pakistan's The News International, a 'credible' source has said that Asif has changed his legal team due to 'personal reasons'  and that he is 'defiant that he has not committed any offence and certainly has not brought the game into disrepute.'

The report adds that Asif has already met with his new legal team at Canterbury prison, where he is currently being detained.

The Lord Chief Justice will hear Butt and Amir's appeals against their sentences today (23rd November).

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