Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and team-mate Mohammad Asif have lost their appeals against bans for corruption after the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) upheld the suspensions imposed on them by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Butt was banned along with team-mates Mohammad Amir and Asif after they were found guilty of breaches of the ICC anti-corruption code, conspiring to bowl no balls at specific times during the Test series against England in August 2010.
As captain, Butt was handed a 10-year ban, with five years suspended, which CAS have decided should stand, although a 'bitterly disappointed' Butt plans to continue his appeal.
Asif was banned for seven years, with five years suspended and Amir, who chose not to appeal, was suspended from all cricketing activity for five years. The three men have also served custodial sentences in the UK.
London-based lawyers Farani Javid Taylor Solicitors argued Butt;s case but have now conceded they must 'explore other avenues' of appeal.
"Both Salman and us are bitterly disappointed with the decision of the Court. Salman has been in a very dark place over the last few years and he was hoping that he would be successful in this appeal," legal advisor Amer Rahman said in a statement.
"We will not be giving up. In the coming days and weeks, we will be exploring every other available avenue."
The ICC, meanwhile, welcomed the CAS decision to upheld the bans on the players, issued by its Anti-Corruption Tribunal in February 2011.
"The ICC notes and welcomes the decisions of the CAS as they vindicate and confirm the processes and procedures followed by the ICC over the past couple of years in respect of this important, sensitive and high-profile matter," Chief Executive David Richardson said.
"The decisions strengthen our resolve to always remain vigilant and keep the game clean at all cost, whilst continuing to educate the players about the threats and ways to combat the challenges faced by our sport."
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