Spot fixing: CAS to hear Muhammad Asif’s plea today

ZURICH: The Court of Arbitration for Sport, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, will hear an appeal of Pakistani cricketer Muhammad Asif who has appealed seeking his worldwide suspensions lifted imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in spot-fixing scandal, Dispatch News Desk (DND) reported on Thursday.

A three-member panel will hear the case, followed by Pakistani captain Salman Butt’s hearing on Feb 8, who has also appealed to overturn the ban.

Skipper Butt and fast bowlers Asif and Mohammad Aamer were banned by the ICC for contriving to bowl deliberate no-balls during the Lord’s Test between Pakistan and England in August 2010.

Butt was banned for 10 years, with five suspended, Asif for seven years with two suspended and the then teenager Aamer for five years.

“It’s a high-profile case of two world-class players with the whole cricket world focused on it and we will fight to get the ban overturned,” Asif’s lawyer Ravi Sukul told media from London.

“Asif was a terrific bowler and and it was terribly unfortunate that a bowler of his class suffered this, but we will try our best to get this ban overturned and Asif is in high spirits,” he added.