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Snooker: Pakistan's modest world champion

Rising sports stars regularly spout the cliche about not letting success change them, but in the case of Mohammad Asif, Pakistan's sole current world champion, it seems to be true. The 31-year-old was given a hero's welcome when he returned to Pakistan after winning the amateur world snooker championship a year ago, feted by politicians and media alike. He still lives in the same modest house in a nondescript corner of Faisalabad, an industrial city in Punjab province, and still practises at the same grubby basement club.

Banned Asif starts talking to Pakistan board

Banned Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif on Monday spoke for the first time to the anti-corruption and vigilance wing of the cricket board as an initial step towards reviving his career. The 30-year-old was banned for seven years, two of them suspended, after being found guilty of spot fixing at Lord's in 2010 along with then captain Salman Butt and pace partner Mohammad Aamer. Last week he became the third and last player to confess his part in bowling deliberate no-balls during the England Test in return for money. He also apologised to the fans.

Cricket: Asif confesses to spot-fixing after three years

Disgraced Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Asif on Wednesday apologised for his role in a 2010 spot-fixing scandal, admitting his guilt for the first time and accepting a five-year ban. The 30-year-old is the last of three players to make a confession, after team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer admitted their part and presented themselves for rehabilitation. Asif, pace partner Aamer and then-captain Butt were banned for contriving to bowl deliberate no-balls in return for money during the Lord's Test against England in 2010.

Cricket: Apologetic Asif confesses spot-fixing

Disgraced Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Asif on Wednesday apologised for his role in a notorious 2010 spot-fixing scandal, admitting his guilt for the first time and accepting a five-year ban. The 30-year-old is the last of three players to come out with a confession, after team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer admitted their part and presented themselves for rehabilitation. Asif, pace partner Aamer and then-captain Butt were banned for contriving deliberate no-balls in return for money during the Lord's Test against England in 2010.

Cricket: Troubled Asif faces end of Pakistan career

Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif's remarkable talent promised much more than he delivered. Touted as one of the best new-ball bowlers, Asif's career appears to have been struck a fatal blow on Wednesday after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected his appeal against a seven-year spot-fixing ban.

Cricket: Butt, 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 spot-fixing. A spokesman for the Swiss-based court told AFP 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.

Cricket: Asif hopeful after CAS spot-fixing ban appeal

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif is hopeful the Court of Arbitration for Sport will overturn his ban for spot-fixing in one of the biggest cricket scandals in years, he said on Thursday. "Today was quite busy," Asif told AFP after the end of a day-long hearing behind closed doors at the CAS's Swiss headquarters. "They will give us their decision in the next three weeks." He added: "Hopefully I am going to win this case. I'd like to play cricket again." On Friday, Pakistan captain Salman Butt is due to attend a CAS appeal hearing on his own ban.

Cricket: Asif hopeful after CAS spot-fixing ban appeal

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif is hopeful the Court of Arbitration for Sport will ovedrturn his ban for spot-fixing in one of the biggest cricket scandals in years, he said on Thursday. "Today was quite busy," Asif told AFP after the end of a day-long hearing behind closed doors at the CAS's Swiss headquarters. "They will give us their decision in the next three weeks." He added: "Hopefully I am going to win this case. I'd like to play cricket again." On Friday, Pakistan captain Salman Butt is due to attend a CAS appeal hearing on his own ban.

Cricket: CAS starts hearing on Asif spot-fixing ban

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday kicked off an appeal hearing where Pakistan cricketeer Mohammad Asif hopes to overturn a ban imposed for spot-fixing. Matthieu Reeb, head of the Swiss-based tribunal, said the hearing was due to end at 6:00 pm local time (1700 GMT), and that fast bowler Asif was there in person to fight his case. On Friday, Pakistan captain Salman Butt is due to attend a CAS appeal hearing on his own ban. The court is not expected to issue a ruling in their case this week.

Cricket-Pakistan's Butt and Asif ready for CAS appeal hearings

KARACHI, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The appeals of Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif against their bans for involvement in spot-fixing will be heard this week at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)in Geneva. Both players set off for Switzerland on Tuesday to attend the appeal hearing which will be chaired by conflict resolution professional Graeme Mew who is a practicing lawyer. "I have pleaded my innocence all along these last two years which have been terrible for me and my family," Butt told reporters.
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