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Friday, 8 February 2013

Banned Salman Butt upbeat as he arrives for CAS appeal

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt appeared upbeat as he arrived at a Swiss court Friday in a bid to overturn a ban imposed for spot-fixing and revive his cricket career.

"I feel good," Butt said as he arrived at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, shortly after 9:00 am (0800 GMT).

His appearance comes a day after Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif appeared before the court, in what he described to AFP as a "quite busy" day of hearings about the infamous Lord's Test against England in 2010.

Australia beat West Indies by five wickets in 4th ODI despite Pollard ton

Opener Shane Watson scored 76 to back up his century on return from injury two days ago to lead Australia to a five-wicket win over West Indies in the fourth one-day cricket international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

Australia scored 221 for 5 in 44.5 overs to spoil Kieron Pollard's unbeaten 109 in West Indies' 220 all out in 49.4 overs. The win was Australia's fourth in a row in the five-match series. Australia had clinched the series with a 39-run win on Wednesday in Canberra.

Zaka Ashraf blames security reasons for Pakistan Women's poor show

The Pakistan Cricket Board chief Zaka Ashraf on Friday claimed that its women's cricket team finished last place in the World Cup due to the "overwhelming security fears" in India which led to their matches being shifted from Mumbai to Cuttack. Pakistan women's team matches were shifted to Cuttack after threats from the Shiv Sena and Ashraf levelled allegations to the extent of hotels "refusing to provide security" to their cricketers.