9 Feb 2013

Butt appeals to CAS over cricket ban

9:48 am on 9 February 2013

The disgraced former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt says he hopes the Court of Arbitration for Sport will overturn his ban imposed for spot-fixing and let him return to the game.

In a statement released after a day-long hearing at the Swiss-based court Butt said he was grateful the CAS allowed him to appeal his sentence.

Butt was banned from the game for 10 years, with the possibility of five suspended.

Butt's appearance came a day after Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif appeared before the court, about the infamous Lord's Test against England in 2010.

A verdict is expected for both men in the next three weeks.

Butt, Asif and fellow paceman Mohammad Aamer were banned by the International Cricket Council in 2011 after being found guilty of corruption for deliberately contriving no balls to order in that match.

In November 2011, they were jailed by a British court over the scandal, which was linked to an illegal betting ring.

All three were released last year after completing half of their sentences.