Amir And Butt To Appeal Against Bans
Banned Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), according to reports,as has Mohammad Asif.
Both were handed five-year bans after they were found guilty of spot-fixing by a tribunal in Doha and both will also face criminal charges in the United Kingdom on 17th March.
While fast bowler Amir was handed a straight five-year ban, erstwhile captain Butt was handed an additional five-year suspended sentence for his part in the scheme to bowl no balls to order. Asif was banned for seven years with two years suspended.
News agencies have published the following statement from Butt: "This is to confirm that today my legal team served a statement of appeal...against the tribunal's findings in relation to the Lord's Test and the sanctions imposed at the recent hearing in Doha.
"Due to the pending proceedings in the UK, my barrister, Yasin Patel has advised me against saying anything further at this stage in relation to the appeal," he added.
The charges they will face on 17th March are conspiring to cheat bookmakers and conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended the three players after the allegations, made by the News Of The World, surfaced in August 2010.
The first anti-corruption tribunal ended without a verdict being reached in January prior to the bans finally being given to the players on 5th February.
A third player, fast bowler Mohammad Asif, was given a five-year ban with two years suspended and he followed his team-mates in deciding to appeal his ban earlier this month.
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