Majeed, Amir involved in spotfixing, not me: Butt

Published: June 29, 2012
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LAHORE: Salman Butt, bringing ‘forensic evidence’ of the spotfixing scandal to the media, stressed on his innocence, but named Mazhar Majeed and Mohammad Amir in the scandal.

“Here is the forensic evidence of messages and calls exchanged between Mazhar Majeed and Mohammad Amir… It has the details of 9,000 calls and text messages exchanged in 14 days. Not a single call came to me from Mazhar Majeed, while Mohammad Amir was called four times in a day.”

“I have apologised even at the airport on my return, but on my failure to report. Mazhar Majeed did send me offers and text messages, but I did not reply to any of them,” Butt maintained.

The cricketer said that all the forensic evidence is available as public documents everywhere. “No one can bring back my eight months in jail. But I want the people to see the documents so they can know that the allegations against me are fake. I had no part in playing no-balls or making anyone else do it… I will say I did not get justice.”

He added that this forensic evidence was not available at the time of the hearing and it took 10 months for it to come out.

Butt announced that he will appeal against the five-year ban in a Swiss court. “According to the ICC code of conduct, only Switzerland has the authority to conduct all further hearings… I can’t claim defamation till all appeals are heard.”

Regarding Amir’s claims of being forced by Butt into spotfixing, Butt said, “I used to tell him all the time to cut his long hair, he never listened to me on such petty issues, why would he listen to me on something so big?”

Butt added, “A lot of things have happened, but I can’t openly name everyone because I don’t have any solid evidence.”

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  • ayesha azeem
    Jun 29, 2012 - 6:36PM

    So???Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 29, 2012 - 7:03PM

    According to the SC the President must be tried by the foreign Swiss court despite the immunity. Yet Butt is saying that his conviction and trial by the neutral body was wrong? Butt is a hardened criminal and has used Amir to hide his own footprints. If only Amir is guilty and Butt innocent then why Asif would be involved?
    They were all innocent, till Amir could not take the pressure and admitted his guilt. Now all of a sudden Amir is the main guilty party! Butt you have been caught red-handed exposes and unmasked, your are over and done for ever. The whole nation cannot be fooled.Recommend

  • kanwal
    Jun 29, 2012 - 7:08PM

    Come on. what ever you did, you got what you deserved. if you really want to do this, pls go and waste the time of london’s courts and ICC. leave us alone. we have enough talent to get along with. Besides, failure to report such a big issue is not a small mistake. especially from the captain. it shows downright incompetency. pls accept this and leave us alone

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  • mohsin
    Jun 29, 2012 - 7:34PM

    what ever he says he should never be allowed to play for pakistan
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  • A. Khan
    Jun 29, 2012 - 7:35PM

    Salman Butt :

    Please stop these crazy “I am innocent” press conferences. Nobody believes you. Even if we are an emotional nation prone to emotional decisions, English courts found you guilty. That is good enough for me. Had you not been caught, you would still be living an “izzat dar” life, isn’t it ? But with loads more money. Recommend

  • Khan jr
    Jun 29, 2012 - 7:55PM

    So Salman Butt you should go and deal with Mohammad Amir who confessed in court that you were an out out money grubbing crook who got him involved in spot-fixing.

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  • ali imran
    Jun 29, 2012 - 8:21PM

    Why you kept silent the time case was proceeding…..
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    Butt sahib jaan diyo………

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  • Truth Bites
    Jun 29, 2012 - 8:39PM

    London courts are not micky mouse courts, they do take any evidence with very caution and do not go on and convict a person if there is even a little doubt of his/her involvement. If you were innocent, why didnt you file the appeal? why are you cyring foulplay after you have spent you prisonment? give Pakistan a break and move on. You have already done eoungh damage to Cricket and Pakistan. Instead of applogising to Pakistan nation you trying play politics! may be join a political party!Recommend

  • Doosam
    Jun 29, 2012 - 9:42PM

    now after 2 years his ‘evidence’ is coming forth? The UK Court needs to take notice and send Butt to jail again.

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  • AllahWasaya
    Jun 29, 2012 - 10:04PM

    as someone once said denial isn’t just a river in Egypt :)

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  • Jun 29, 2012 - 10:05PM

    Seriously? I mean seriously? Mr. Butt might be asking for a contempt of court hearing as well.

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  • Imran Con
    Jun 29, 2012 - 10:55PM

    Weird how the most innocent got the most jail time.

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Jun 29, 2012 - 11:24PM

    ET, all comments of your readers are priceless gems. They come from the heart of people disgusted. He had his day with two Bowlers under his command at Southwark Crown Court. All were convicted after detailed hearings in the Court of Justice Cooke. ET, you should put this Judgement on your website so people can read what Justice Cooke said of Salman misleading his country and the cricket loving people. Tainted NOTW money was found in his possession. Then his Appeal at the High Court in London lasted less than 2 hours and was dismissed with costs, something like GBP 50,000 plus. Now like a political party in Pakistan he is appealing to the public that the Courts are unfair and biased. Why ET are you giving this media coverage. Recommend

  • Abdul
    Jun 29, 2012 - 11:49PM

    Butt may not be involved after all. He wasn’t really in charge of the order of bowling, neither did he under-perform. Also, what else does he have to lose? He’s lost all respect, been banned for 10 years, will never play cricket professionally again. I think he’s just try to rectify his image, and get back at Amir for further deteriorating his image.

    I think Amir just knocked some sense in himself by pleading guilty and putting the blame on others so that he can get back into action ASAP.

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  • Shah
    Jun 29, 2012 - 11:56PM

    @Abdul:
    At least Mohammed aamir had a courtesy to own up to his mistake and don’t forget the notes were found in his hotel room.

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  • Ali S
    Jun 30, 2012 - 12:10AM

    Dheet ho to aisa.

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  • Z. Baloch
    Jun 30, 2012 - 12:32AM

    Shamefully, Salman Butt wants to come back after a major conviction and trial. In my whole career at prisons i have interviewed several criminals/convicts and interestingly 99% of them have said “Mai Be-qasoor hoon … mere saath zyadti hui hai ” Salman is not new. :)

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  • aamer
    Jun 30, 2012 - 12:39AM

    All those who are calling him a traitor tell me a single evidence against him!

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  • Jun 30, 2012 - 1:01AM

    how disgusting and shameless he still is. All of a sudden he is blaming Amir now as the main culprit. my goodness…!!!

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  • Omar Malik
    Jun 30, 2012 - 1:03AM

    Stop giving this idiot criminal coverage please! He did nothing but ruin the little reputation Pakistan and Pakistanis have. I am ashamed of even calling him a fellow citizen. Let him live out his years at home with his family, while the names of all three cricketers will remain tarnished for ever!

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 30, 2012 - 1:06AM

    …everybody is innocent until proven guilty. You were found to be guilty it is not your fault you are product of our proud society where a man can loot the country again and again spend some time in jail repeat the same stuff again yet can be a PM, President and a cabinet minister. Mr. Butt sadly you are one of us, always blaming someone else…hey why not blame India or USA or like PPP blame Musharraf, Zia, Yaha, Nawaz Sharif anybody but self…Jeay …Jeay ….
    Join the killers, who use of the religion to kill innocent women children or 18 year old soldiers doing duty for their country. Go kill a person of another sect or cast…feel proud…again you are one of us…I rest my case. In pakistan no one is ever guilty…u r one of us, you are just like us.

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  • Dasmir
    Jun 30, 2012 - 1:08AM

    Its our national character and we are known over the world for issuing our denilas.Osama is not in Pakistan.Quetta shura is not in quetta.TTP is an Indian political party and Salman Butt,Amir and Asif are innocent.The British judge was bribed by the advocate of prosecution to give judgement against them.It never happens in Pakistan,only in US and UK!

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  • Pungi
    Jun 30, 2012 - 1:14AM

    If Salman Butt is coming with solid proves and forensic evidences Pakistani Nation still won’t believe him…for them Gora’s court decision is right…Pathetic!
    BTW can I ask why the case of Suresh Raina wasnot taken by ICC or any other court even after the evidences provided against him were by SriLankan Cricket Board, which perhaps has better reputation than a Banned Newspaper!
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  • Bravo
    Jun 30, 2012 - 1:17AM

    He is a shame for the country. He should not been allowed to return to the country. One who doesn’t care about the country’s image is quite bothered about his own image. Secondly, @Abdul. He did not have to specially underperform, because he usually did underperform and still got chance to play.

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  • Shamy
    Jun 30, 2012 - 2:08AM

    a sheet consisting of text messages??….someone is really good with MS Excel it seems.

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  • Salem
    Jun 30, 2012 - 2:09AM

    utter rotten!!! has no shame and dignity!!

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  • Imran Con
    Jun 30, 2012 - 4:06AM

    For those mentioning some kind of punishment from courts due to Butt’s claims… That’s the Pakistan version of contempt. Not most other courts. He can claim his innocence and that he was framed until the day he dies while cursing the courts for it and it’s not illegal. Though Majeed and Amir may have some kind of civil case if he takes it too far. Though probably not in the UK court.

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  • Babloo
    Jun 30, 2012 - 4:17AM

    Salman Butt is so throughly dishonest, a necessary quality of a consummate conman.

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  • khalid Pathan
    Jun 30, 2012 - 5:36AM

    Mr. Salman Butt, this country gave you the utmost respect and reposed confidence in you to be the flag bearer for Pakistan in International cricket. In return you brought disgrace to this nation. Enough is enough, you are scum of any civilized society.

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  • Nizamani
    Jun 30, 2012 - 5:46AM

    Congratulations butt sahab, with the jail time and now this press conference you are now a qualified siasatdaan.. Don’t worry a about cricket mate starting working on getting a party ticket for the next general elections

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Jun 30, 2012 - 6:36AM

    Once upon a time there used to be honor even among thieves.

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  • FAN
    Jun 30, 2012 - 6:59AM

    Yes are innocent like my brother Arsalan . . .!!!!

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  • FAN
    Jun 30, 2012 - 8:05AM

    Yes U are innocent, just like my brother Arsalan . . .!!!!

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  • Usman Ilyas
    Jun 30, 2012 - 12:28PM

    So after two years you have realized that that you were innocent. Oh c’mon! If you are so confident that you are innocent, why didn’t you made any effort when you were facing these allegations? And just because Amir has now accepted that he deliberately bowled no-balls, you have found the way to press him down while prove yourself a LOYAL PAKISTANI CRICKETER! This shows your wickedness Salman. There is now way you can get back to Pakistan team

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  • zaheer
    Jun 30, 2012 - 12:33PM

    …. choor machayee shoor….

    i am of the opinion that… any one who brings defamation to the country should be exiled or not appear in public at all ….

    They are people who contribute to the issued we face across the globe…” Aaah Paki Lad… i know if given a chance you can be bribed…”

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Jun 30, 2012 - 12:54PM

    Please don’t tell the lie Mr. Salman Butt and don’t try your best and utmost to prove yourself innocent and sinless.Here the most important question rises that were you so innocent and unknown and you couldn’t know that what Majeed and Amir are going to do with you?????

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  • Wellwisher
    Jun 30, 2012 - 7:05PM

    I didnt expect people writing for this news to show some softening for Amir… all three are criminals for the record purposes, everyone note down.Recommend

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