Sal­man, Asif should learn CAS ver­dict in April


Dis­graced former Pak­istan cap­tain Sal­man Butt and fast bowler Mo­ham­mad Asif should learn in April whether the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport has over­turned their bans for spot­fix­ing.

A spokesman for the Swiss­based court told me­dia on Thurs­day that the re­sults of the two ex-play­ers' hear­ings, held at the start of Fe­bru­ary, were sched­uled to be is­sued in a month's time. Butt, Asif and fel­low pace­man Mo­ham­mad Amir were banned by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) in 2011 af­ter be­ing found guilty of cor­rup­tion for de­lib­er­ately con­triv­ing no balls to or­der in the in­fa­mous Lord's Test against Eng­land in 2010.

In Novem­ber 2011, the trio were also jailed by a Bri­tish court over the scan­dal, which was linked to an il­le­gal bet­ting ring. All three were re­leased last year af­ter com­plet­ing half of their sen­tences. The case was among cricket's big­gest scan­dals of re­cent years. Butt, now 28, was banned from the game for 10 years, with the pos­si­bil­ity of five sus­pended.

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