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Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt vows to play after ban

Butt received a 10-year ban. (©GettyImages)
Butt received a 10-year ban. (©GettyImages).

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has he must serve the rest of his ban from the International Cricket Council with the Court of Arbitration for Sport having rejected his appeal, but he has vowed he will return to playing cricket.

Butt was given a 10-year ban by the ICC following his part in the spot-fixing controversy, which took place during a Test series against England in 2010, although five years of his sentence were suspended.

This suspension took place on the condition that he did not contravene any other ICC regulations during that time period, while he must participate in a programme of anti-corruption education under the guidance of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Butt has already served over two-and-a-half years of his ban, and the 28-year-old says he will resume his playing days after the completion of the five-years of his suspension.

"I have already served two years and eight months and after another two years and four months and I can still play," Butt told reporters, as reported by Cricinfo.

"I want to play cricket and getting the appeal was the only hope.

"I wasn't more than 50 percent 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 rest of my ban."

He added: "What I know from my lawyer is that only five years out the ten are effective and I have already spent half of it."

But scored 1889 runs in 33 Test matches for Pakistan at an average of 30.46, and was charged alongside former teammates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir in the spot-fixing scandal.

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