'Banned' Asif 'disappointed' by CAS decision to uphold ban

Islamabad, Apr 23 (ANI): Banned Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Asif has said that he is disappointed and upset at the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to reject his appeal to revive his career.

Asif wanted the ICC ruling that imposed a seven-year ban, two years of which are suspended, on him to be overturned but the CAS did not find any evidence to support the pace bowler's claim, www.PakPassion.net reports.

Expressing his disappointment, Asif stated that he was hopeful and optimistic that the decision from the CAS would be in his favour, adding that he is disheartened by the CAS upholding the ban as cricket has always been a major part of his life.

Stating that he will not take the CAS' decision lightly and will continue to fight to clear his name, Asif said that he is in having discussions with his lawyers over what his next step will be.

Refusing to accept that this was the end of his cricket career, Asif further stated that he has gained hope from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Mohammad Zaka Ashraf's comments about him returning to domestic cricket.

Asif also said that although he is confident about playing again in the future, the first priority for him is to pursue the next legal channel available and to challenge the unfair ban imposed on him. (ANI)

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