“I am grateful to the CAS that they have allowed me this opportunity to appeal this sentence,” Butt said in a statement released after a day-long hearing at the Swiss-based court.

Salman Butt

“Since September 2010, until now, I have not been able to play any meaningful game of cricket, to coach or to even be involved in the administration of the game,” he added.

“I love cricket. It is something that runs in my veins and my blood. I await the decision of the CAS. It means so much to me. I truly pray that they can change it for me by reducing the sentence,” he said.

Butt’s appearance comes a day after Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif appeared before the court. A verdict is expected in the next three weeks.