1 Sep 2012

Asif to appeal spot fixing ban

1:40 pm on 1 September 2012

The disgraced Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif says he'll pursue an appeal against a seven-year ban imposed on him by cricket's governing body over the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.

The 29-year-old was jailed by a London court in November last year after being found guilty of conspiring to cheat and conspiring to accept corrupt payments over no-balls bowled deliberately during the 2010 Lord's Test against England.

Team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer have also been released after being sent to prison in the same case.

The International Cricket Council banned the trio from playing all cricket for five years. Asif's seven-year sanction includes a two-year suspended portion.

Asif says his appeal in the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport had been put on hold due to the criminal proceedings against him in England, but he says a hearing date should be given soon.

Once considered a fast-rising talent, Asif twice failed dope tests, in 2006 and 2008, the second during the inaugural Indian Premier League season which ended in a one-year ban.

He was also detained in Dubai for 19 days in June 2008 for possession of a banned drug.