Asif 'Very Disappointed And Upset' With Verdict

Asif 'Very Dissapointed And Upset' With Verdict
Asif 'Very Dissapointed And Upset' With Verdict
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Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif is 'very disappointed and upset' with the decision an independent tribunal made to ban him from cricket for seven years after he was found guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-Corruption Code.

He, along with team-mates Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt, were handed long sentences following their involvement in a scheme to bowl deliberate no-balls during the fourth Test against England at Lord's in August 2010.

A statement released by his lawyers, Addleshaw Goddard, read as follows:

"Mohammad Asif has co-operated fully with the International Cricket Council's (ICC) investigation and is very disappointed and upset by the decision it  reached. Together with his legal representatives, he is now considering his response and will not be commenting further due to the ongoing criminal proceedings."

Asif's seven-year ban means he will be ineligible for five years from 2nd September 2010 while the final two years of his sentence are suspended.

All three players, along with agent Mazhar Majeed, will also face criminal charges in the United Kingdom, where they have been charged with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat.

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