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Butt hopes a change in law will help him reduce ban

February 07, 2011 09:11 IST

His career is almost finished after being handed a 10-year ban by the ICC but Salman Butt is hoping that a possible amendment to the Code of Conduct would help him reduce the length of the ban and he would be able to return to competitive cricket.

"The judge has said there is a need to amend the law which is a good thing," Butt said in Islamabad after returning from Doha, where he and two of his colleagues -- Mohammed Aamer and Mohammed Asif -- were held guilty of corruption and punished by the ICC tribunal.

Butt was given a 10-year ban with five years suspended, Asif seven years with two suspended, while Amir was banned for five years. 

The ICC tribunal's head Michael Beloff has recommended changes to the ICC code of conduct with a view to providing flexibility to minimum sentences in exceptional circumstances. 

"We are disappointed with the decision, we don't agree with it. As soon as [the ICC code of conduct] is amended [my suspension] could be reduced," Butt said. 

"And we can go to court of arbitration, so there is still hope," he added. 

The trio has 21 days to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

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