Asif crit­i­cises tim­ing of ICC'S spot-fix­ing ver­dict

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LAHORE

Mo­ham­mad Asif, the Pak­istan bowler who was im­pris­oned in Eng­land for spot­fix­ing, has crit­i­cised the ICC, claim­ing cricket's gov­ern­ing body prej­u­diced his case ahead of the crim­i­nal trial in Lon­don by the tim­ing of the ver­dict of its in­de­pen­dent in­quiry. Asif was speak­ing in Lahore, fol­low­ing his re­turn from Eng­land five months af­ter com­plet­ing half of his one-year sen­tence.

Asif, along with Sal­man Butt, was found guilty at South­wark Crown Court in Novem­ber 2011, on charges of con­spir­acy to cheat and con­spir­acy to ac­cept cor­rupt pay­ments over de­lib­er­ate no-balls bowled dur­ing the Lord's Test be­tween Pak­istan and Eng­land in Au­gust 2010. Mo­ham­mad Amir, the third player ac­cused by the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice, had pleaded guilty to the charges.

How­ever, the three play­ers had al­ready been found guilty by an ICC tri­bunal on Fe­bru­ary 5, 2011, and were banned for var­i­ous du­ra­tions. Asif's ban was for seven years and that pu­n­ish­ment was an­nounced a day af­ter the CPS levied its charges against the play­ers.

"It was quite dif­fi­cult time, but thank god it is over," he said. "The way ICC has prej­u­diced my case, there are lots of things which are not yet clear and no­body knows it, even you peo­ple [the me­dia] have not high­lighted it, but I will do it.

"I didn't do any­thing wrong. There was one no-ball and, what­ever the sce­nario was be­hind it, I de­scribed it in the court. There are lots of things and it will be in my book, which will be launched very soon."

Asif claimed he was go­ing to ap­peal against the ICC's ban at the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport in Switzer­land and a hear­ing, he said, would take place in Fe­bru­ary 2013. "There's a hear­ing in Fe­bru­ary, sec­ond or third week, and it will be de­cided. Hope­fully I will get jus­tice there be­cause it's just the ICC and me, and In­shal­lah ev­ery­thing will be all right.

"I'm fight­ing my own case, I have my own le­gal team," Asif said, crit­i­cis­ing the Pak­istan board as well. "They [PCB] have their own pol­icy and they took a back step, when I think they should have taken a step for­ward."

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