Banned Salman Butt desperate for career revival

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 08, 2013 08:18 hrs

Disgraced former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has pleaded for a revival of his cricket career, which has been halted by a long ban for spot-fixing in the infamous Lord's Test against England in 2010.

Butt, 28, was banned for 10 years, with the possibility of five suspended, for his role in arranging no balls to order in the match, but will appeal against the sentence at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Friday, reports the Daily Times.

Butt, who was jailed by a British court over the scandal, said the suspension was a career-ending punishment. Butt said the ban has disturbed his life and his whole family.

Butt, whose wife gave birth to their second son on the day he was jailed by the British court, said he wanted another opportunity to play for Pakistan.

Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir were banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2011 after being found guilty of deliberately contriving no-balls.

Butt's lawyer Yasin Patel said the ban was harsh, adding that the sanctions imposed upon Butt should not have been so high.

Aamer, banned for five years, pleaded guilty in court and decided not to appeal against the ICC ban, while Asif will appear at the CAS on Thursday to contest his ban of seven years, with the possibility of two suspended.

The ICC will be represented by their legal firm Bird and Bird along with the head of their legal department.

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