Islamabad, Feb 26: After they were slapped with punitive bans from international cricket on being found guilty of spot-fixing, Pakistan players Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir have filed appeals against the punishment at the Court of Arbitration of Sport in Lausuanne, Switzerland.
It is not suprising that the process if appealing has kicked in as that is the only course of action left for the duo. However, Mohammad Asif who was also convicted with them, has not yet filed such an appeal.
Butt, Amir and Aisf were found guilty of orchestrating the bowling of deliberate, pre-planned no-balls in Paksitan's fourth Test against England last August, before a sting operation by the News of the World tabloid uncovered their nefarious plot. The ICC susbsequently placed them under provisional suspension till on Feb 5, 2011, they were handed bans of 5 to 10 years.
However, there is some additional hope for Butt. Though he received the stiffest sentence, the tribunal presiding over the case has recommended that the ICC revisit Butt's punishment with the prospect of reducing it. Already, Butt's 10 year ban comes with a five-year suspension.
Meanwhile, But, Amir and Asif have to appear at a London court on March 17 over criminal charges they face in the same case.