Amir lying to revive career, says Butt's father

Published: March 20, 2012
Amir, in his first interview since being released, this week accused Butt of trapping him into the spot-fixing scandal. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Amir, in his first interview since being released, this week accused Butt of trapping him into the spot-fixing scandal. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: The father of Pakistan’s jailed former cricket captain Salman Butt on Tuesday accused disgraced bowler Mohammad Amir of falsely pinning all the blame on his son in order to revive his career.

Amir, in his first interview since being released from a British prison, this week accused Butt of trapping him into the spot-fixing scandal at the Lord’s Test against England in August 2010.

Butt and fellow team mate Mohammad Asif are serving sentences of 30 and 12 months respectively, after a British court in November found the trio guilty of corruption and receiving illegal money.

The charges were related to deliberate no-balls bowled by Asif and Amir, but allegedly contrived by Butt in association with agent Mazhar Majeed, also sentenced for 32 months.

The three players were also banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a minimum of five years each.

In an interview with former England captain Mike Atherton broadcast on Sky Sports on Monday and translated by Sky into English from Urdu, Amir said: “I’m so angry with Salman.”

“He should have helped me instead of involving me in all this,” he added.

However Zulfiqar, Butt’s father, responded by accusing Amir of lying.

“Amir on record said before the ICC tribunal that Butt did not ask him to bowl no-balls and then before the UK court last year he said the same, so was he lying then or now? I definitely think he is lying now,” Zulfiqar told AFP.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said last month it would rehabilitate Amir and would consider him for selection once his ban expires.

Zulfiqar said Amir is lying to revive his career.

“Amir’s latest interview suggests that he wants to revive his career and that’s why he is accusing my son. We have gone through hell and Amir is trying to put more trouble on us,” said Zulfiqar.

The family say Butt’s youngest son, born minutes after he was sentenced on November 3 has been refused a British visa needed to visit his father.

“We hope our bad days are over sooner than later,” said Zulfiqar.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Mar 20, 2012 - 7:07PM

    he is right i agree….


  • Mar 20, 2012 - 7:33PM

    He admitted his guilt, served jail and now serving his ban. I would trust his word than your son’s, Butt uncle.


  • Zeta
    Mar 20, 2012 - 7:55PM

    Match Fixers made it back in team, He served his sentence for spot fixing. He should be back


  • Tariq
    Mar 20, 2012 - 9:20PM

    Aamir has confessed, done his time and I for one support his efforts to rehabilitate and come back in the game. you would not point fingers at others who did this at the behest and under the leadership of your son who was entrusted as captain of the national team. Recommend

  • Aamir
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:24PM

    Mr. Butt……how would you justify your son’s role who lured Aamir and trapped him to indulge into a vile act ???


  • Saeed
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:23AM

    At least he had the courage to accept what he did, Salman Butt couldn’t dare do that despite undeniable proof presented in the court… we as a nation have a habit of lying plain and simple… what about those conspiracy theorists…!!!

    It was very clear from the outset that all three were involved in it, their bad luck they got caught and now complaining about it.


  • Abner
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:26AM

    Mr. Butt don’t compare your son, who is grown up in city life while a poor who hails from village… does not mean, if Amir has played at international arena makes him completely synchronize with modern norms and tactics….he was easy prey and he was trapped…….He might lied earlier to save everyone…..once realise things are getting worse, so he spoke truth….What about his reference that…when Waqar Younus asked him about no ball and Salman Butt intervened by saying he asked him to deliver a bouncer….I guess, Waqar also verified it…..There is something fishy…..


  • imran
    Mar 21, 2012 - 11:18AM

    Very nice Interview



  • M. A. Changezi
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:16PM

    I wouldn’t trust anyone’s words. The three of them brought shame to our country. No rehab, no entry, and no cricket for the lot of them. Period.


  • Noon Ghunna
    Mar 21, 2012 - 3:02PM

    God! This 19 year old chap is making Salman’s Butt life post release difficult. Butt surely needs asylum.


  • sars
    Mar 22, 2012 - 6:41PM

    Well sorry . No part of that is Amirs fault. Your son should have shielded the young man instead of making him associate with his own corrupt contacts.
    Instead of continually lying salman should also have owned up like a man. In this Amir (despite being younger, not as well educated , from a humble background) is the bigger man.
    Dont blame your sons doings on others or he will never learn to take the responsibilty for his mistakes and continually blame others.Recommend

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