CAS rejects appeals of 'banned' Butt, Asif over spot-fixing charges

London, Apr 18 (ANI): The Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS) has dismissed the appeals of Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif over their spot-fixing bans.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) banned Butt for 10 years and Asif for seven years for their role in the spot-fixing scandal, reportedly orchestrated by Butt, which also involved team-mate Mohammad Amir, in which Asif and Amir had bowled deliberate no-balls in the Lord's Test against England in 2010, the Mirror reports.

According to a CAS statement, the panel did not agree that the sanction imposed by the ICC Tribunal was inconsistent, adding that none of the justifying factors given by Butt and Asif qualified as exceptional circumstances, for which it had dismissed the appeals.

The statement further said that the former Test captain Butt did not contest his liability in the case but had requested a shortening of the ban, adding that that Asif had requested the annulment of the ICC's decision on procedural grounds.

Butt was handed a 30-month jail sentence in November 2011, but was released the following June, with Asif and Amir serving shorter sentences, the report added. (ANI)

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