Butt''s hopes a change in law will help him reduce ban

Karachi, Feb 6 (PTI) His career is almost finished afterbeing handed a 10-year ban by the ICC but Salman Butt ishoping that a possible amendment to the Code of Conduct wouldhelp him reduce the length of the ban and he would be able toreturn to competitive cricket.

"The judge has said there is a need to amend the lawwhich is a good thing," Butt said in Islamabad after returningfrom Doha, where he and two of his colleagues -- MohammedAamer and Mohammed Asif -- were held guilty of corruption andpunished 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 forfive years.

The ICC tribunal''s head Michael Beloff has recommendedchanges to the ICC code of conduct with a view to providingflexibility to minimum sentences in exceptional circumstances.

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

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

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

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