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Court rejects appeals by spot-fixing Pakistani cricketers

Appeals by two Pakistani cricketers to have their bans overturned following a spot-fixing scandal have been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Former Captain Salman Butt and bowler Mohammad Asif were banned for 10 and seven years respectively following an International Cricket Council Tribunal in 2011.

Both were linked to a plot to bowl deliberate no-balls in the Lord's Test against England in 2010.

The court ruled that the sanction imposed on Mr Butt was proportionate and did not find any mitigating circumstances.

Mr Asif, who challenged his ban on procedural grounds, did not advance any evidence to exculpate him from the scandal, the court found.