Despite having his appeal rejected, Salman Butt says he will return to cricket
Last Updated: 17/04/13 11:58pm
Disgraced former Pakistan captain Salman Butt says he is planning to resume his cricket career when he has completed his ban from the sport.
However, Butt will have to wait for over two years at least after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected his appeal to have his suspension for spot-fixing reduced.
The 28-year-old was given a ten-year ban, with five years suspended, by the ICC in 2011 for orchestrating a plot to deliberately bowl no-balls in the Lord's Test against England.
The bowlers involved, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, were also handed lengthy bans, and the CAS turned down Asif's appeal against the verdict.
"I will be 30 when I serve the ban in two years' time, so I don't find any reason not to play cricket."
Reacting to the decision to uphold his ban, Butt told reporters in Lahore: "I wasn't more than 50 per cent sure that the decision would come in my favour, but still there was a hope that I would be able to reduce my ban.
"But now there is no way, other than completing the rest of my ban.
"I have already served two years and eight months and, after another two years and four months, I can still play.
No reason not to play
"The captain of the Pakistan team (Misbah-ul-Haq) is 39 years old. I will be 30 when I serve the ban in two years' time, so I don't find any reason not to play cricket.
"Obviously, it's a struggling time, but it's always great to rise after fighting with tough times."
Butt refused to speak about the spot-fixing allegations themselves and dismissed the idea that the five years of his ban which were suspended might come into effect if he does not take part in an anti-corruption programme.
"I am here to talk about the rejected appeal and not the case," he said.
"What I know from my lawyer is that only five years out the ten are effective and I have already spent half of it.
"In the remaining time, I want to work hard."