Ex-captain Butt admits to spot-fixing
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt admitted on Friday he was involved in spot-fixing three years ago and apologised.
The International Cricket Council banned Butt for 10 years — five of them suspended — after fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif bowled predetermined no-balls during a test against England in 2010. Asif and Amir were also banned for lengthy periods.
Butt’s and Asif’s appeals in the Court of Arbitration for Sport were also rejected in April while Amir had accepted he was guilty and did not appeal against his five-year ban.
“I admit the decision of the ICC tribunal,” Butt said. “I said it before and I am saying it again that to all those who have been disappointed by my action I do apologise to them. Also, the effect it had it on cricket’s integrity, I would like to apologize for that.”
Butt was the captain in the Lord’s test when Amir and Asif bowled predetermined no-balls, and later it was revealed that all three players had connections with a businessman, Mazhar Majeed, who was also arrested in one of cricket’s biggest scams.
“I want to insist, to all those playing and want to play cricket, they must stay away from such wrongdoings because it negatively affects them and the game of cricket,” Butt said.
“I would also want to give my availability for any rehabilitation program of the (Pakistan Cricket Board) and the ICC.”
Acting PCB chairman Najam Sethi has said he will talk to the ICC to try to trim Amir’s five-year ban.
All the three former players are banned from cricket until at least September 2015.
However, Butt wants the ICC to at least allow him to play domestic cricket when his minimum punishment is over in two years, so he can consider an international comeback.