Muhammad Asif admits to spot-fixing

Published: July 25, 2013

File photo of cricketer Muhammad Asif. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Pakistan fast bowler Muhammad Asif admitted to spot fixing on Thursday, Express News reported.

Asif met officials from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and PCB CEO Sauban Ahmed on Thursday morning and admitted that he had made mistakes in the past.

Asif said that he was willing to cooperate with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and PCB completely. He said that he was ashamed for what he had done and apologised to the entire nation.

Pakistan batsman Salman Butt had also confessed to have been involved in spot fixing.

After Asif, all three Pakistani cricketers alleged to be part of a spot fixing charge by the ICC have confessed to have done so.

The five year ban on Salman Butt and the two year ban on Muhammad Asif will still hold, Express News correspondent Yousuf Anjum reported.

Muhammad Asif, Salman Butt and young pacer Mohammad Amir were banned in early 2011 by the ICC’s anti-corruption tribunal for spot-fixing in a 2010 test match against England.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Uzair
    Jul 25, 2013 - 6:11PM

    The real question is what made him to admit his crime after more than 2 Years?

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  • sa
    Jul 25, 2013 - 6:14PM

    tried every avenue …. no where to go now ….. so admitted it !

    Just like Salman Butt !

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  • Shut UP
    Jul 25, 2013 - 6:18PM

    Finally…As if we didn’t know…
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    What a Disgrace to the entire nation…

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  • Raj Kafir
    Jul 25, 2013 - 6:23PM

    BCCI is behind his confession so that he cannot play for IPL forever.

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  • Pakistani
    Jul 25, 2013 - 6:23PM

    so much for the yahoodi sazish. and now they are accepting what they were denying for last 4 years

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  • Ali Raja
    Jul 25, 2013 - 6:31PM

    Why would you deny it for almost three years and spend heavy money on legal costs.

    Shameless they are….if not fame-less

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  • B
    Jul 25, 2013 - 6:48PM

    Wasn’t he just in court a few months ago arguing that he hadn’t done anything wrong? Do these people have no shame at all?

    Too late, Asif. You should have gotten a life ban.

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  • Acorn Guts
    Jul 25, 2013 - 6:49PM

    Butt and Asif have some nerve to first plead innocence in courts, then after serving sentence come on TV several times to maintain their innocence and finally when no one could be convinced, they are going for the sympathy vote by declaring they were guilty all along .. shameful!

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  • Afaq Khan
    Jul 25, 2013 - 6:49PM

    So what do the conspiracy theorists say now.

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  • Syed
    Jul 25, 2013 - 7:02PM

    If we show the same firmness to the terrorists like ICC and British courts have shown to these three cricketers then terrorists will eventually buckle as well.

    Habbit of unecessary exceptions/nepotism/fear/lazyness is destroying us

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  • Hitler
    Jul 25, 2013 - 7:07PM

    Sometimes I pity them, sometimes I get angry at them but in the end it goes down to the fact that they brought embarrassment to Pakistan. They had what everyone wishes for and they ruined it!

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  • ForeignHand
    Jul 25, 2013 - 7:46PM

    Asif corrupt? I’m shocked!!!!!

    His admittance is a requirement by ICC to get on the path of rehabilitation. This is not a rush of conscience o his part.

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Jul 25, 2013 - 7:52PM

    This is all I have got to say, ‘LMAO’.

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  • selim
    Jul 25, 2013 - 8:02PM

    We expects each and every pakistani cricketer should admit the truth about spot fixing before they charged or arrest.

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  • Goran
    Jul 25, 2013 - 8:15PM

    Please send him back to jail in UK because up til now he had lied to various authorities, esp. under oath to a UK Judge

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  • Uza Syed
    Jul 25, 2013 - 9:21PM

    Good that you accept your guilt and at least no one needs to be blamed for unfair treatment. In fact, now that you admit your corruption, you should be penalized even more and this time for telling lies / perjury for all this time. You and your likes must be punished and kicked out of public life for ever so that others learn from your bad bad example.

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  • H
    Jul 25, 2013 - 9:33PM

    What a lot of ppl here don’t understand is that only reason butt and now asif have confessed after years of denial and pleading innocence at every court of law imaginable is only because both of them have exhausted of any options and more importantly they have realized that if they do confess and cooperate with the ICC’s anti corruption programme now, they might be in for a chance to play after completing the stipulated ban period. Now remember the ban period is of 5 years for ALL three players, with just another 5 years and 2 years of suspension for butt and asif respectively. The suspension period is subject to non cooperation with IIC’s anti corruption programme and by confessing their crimes now they are giving themselves a chance to get the suspension out of the equation and be in contention after the compulsory 5 year ban period.

    I honestly think the PCB should never select these two and make a strong example out of these calculated hypocrites. Having said that, Amir in my book deserves a chance for having admitted before the hearing in UK (would have been better had he done from the first day but he did show remorse and admitted it on the second chance).

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  • Ajmal
    Jul 25, 2013 - 9:46PM

    This is a slap on faces of those who defended these player and accused India and rest of the world of conspiring againt pk cricketers. Have courage to say spade a spade.

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  • Chulbul Pandey
    Jul 25, 2013 - 11:10PM

    Mr. Asif, I wish I could say – Der Aaye Durust Aaye. But I can’t and you would understand, hopefully.

    Your actions brought a lot of heartache to so many cricket fans all over, not just in your country. I can only image the pain of a Pakistani Cricket fan.

    Your heart might be at the right place but with this apology you come across as nothing but an opportunist. I wish you had learned a thing or two from Mohd. Aamer and confessed long ago. As much as I would love to see Aamer in action after he serves his punishment, I sincerely wish you never play Cricket again.

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  • JJ
    Jul 25, 2013 - 11:53PM

    Waiting for the reply from Pak High Commissioner in UK.. Shame on you guys..

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  • Jul 26, 2013 - 12:52AM

    PCB and ICC now should proceed to impose life ban on Mohammed Asif after confession and the trio should be arrested immediately and put them on trial for cheating and for letting down the nation.

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