Butt 'disappointed' by ban

Batsman considering appeal against tribunal decision

Last Updated: 06/02/11 9:20am

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Butt: 10-year ban

Butt: 10-year ban

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Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt said he was "disappointed" by the 10-year ban imposed on him by an International Cricket Council anti-corruption tribunal.

"I love cricket, which is my livelihood and will want to resume my career."
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Butt was banned for 10 years on Saturday, five of them suspended, in connection with spot-fixing allegations relating to last summer's tour of England.

Bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were handed bans of seven years - with two suspended - and five years respectively.

On his return to Pakistan from the hearing in Doha, Butt told reporters at Lahore airport: "All I can say is that I am disappointed with the verdict, but I will only be able to speak at length when a detailed judgement comes.

"I don't agree with a 10-year ban and once the rules in the code of conduct are amended, which the head of the tribunal has also requested to be done, then I hope the punishment can be reduced."

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Butt said he will consult his lawyer before deciding whether to appeal against the ban. "I love cricket, which is my livelihood and will want to resume my career," he added.

On Saturday, Amir said he was "shocked and hugely disappointed" by his punishment. "I wasn't expecting that much of a ban," he told the AFP news agency, adding that he will also consider an appeal.

On Friday, in a separate development British prosecutors charged the three players as well as an agent with corruption offences and summoned them to appear in court on March 17.

The Pakistan trio have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

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