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.”