Better late than never: Two years on, Butt finally confesses to role in spot-fixing

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Published: June 29, 2013
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Butt appealed to the interim PCB chief Najam Sethi to reduce his ban and permit a return to domestic cricket. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Butt appealed to the interim PCB chief Najam Sethi to reduce his ban and permit a return to domestic cricket. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

LAHORE: Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt has for the first time publicly admitted to and apologised for spot-fixing, two years after he was found guilty of the offence.

Butt, along with fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, was banned from the sport by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2011 after being found guilty of deliberately contriving no-balls in return for money during the Lord’s Test against England the previous year. The trio and their agent Mazhar Majeed were also jailed by an English court in 2011. The players were released last year.

“I apologise to the nation and all the fans who have been hurt by the spot-fixing case,” Butt told a press conference in Lahore.

Butt received a 10-year ban, with five years suspended, for his role in the scam. Asif was barred for seven years, with two suspended, while Amir got five years.

In April, Butt and Asif lost their appeals to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, and the ICC urged the players to accept their guilt and start rehabilitation. Amir had not appealed after pleading guilty before the UK court in 2011.

“I admit the ICC tribunal decision and warn the future players to avoid the pitfalls of corruption because this is bad for the country and for the fans,” Butt said.

He and Amir have agreed to undergo rehabilitation through the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Butt’s public apology is seen as a step towards shortening the remaining period of suspension.

Butt also appealed to the interim PCB chief Najam Sethi on Friday to reduce his ban and permit a return to domestic cricket, while indicating his ambition to play internationally in the future.

“I request the interim chairman to request the ICC to reduce my and Asif’s bans. I have two years ban left so if the ICC allows me to play domestic cricket then I will be ready for international matches once my ban ends.

“I have enough cricket left in me and when my ban ends I am ready to play for the country again,” said Butt.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 29th, 2013.

 

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  • Salman
    Jun 29, 2013 - 4:30AM

    It seems like the only reason he’s finally admitting to wrongdoing after shamelessly denying it on every forum, for more than two years, is that the interim chief, Najam Sethi, has said he would work to get Amir’s sentence cut down, and try to have him play for Pakistan soon. Watch Salman Butt’s multiple TV interviews, the Ramadan shows, where he used every line of defense, from patriotism to religion, and the good old “conspiracy against Pakistan” theories. He smells an opportunity here and is going to cash in on it!Recommend

  • A. Khan
    Jun 29, 2013 - 7:24AM

    ““I have enough cricket left in me and when my ban ends I am ready to play for the country again,” said Butt.”

    Sorry but the country has enough crooks tarnishing its name. We don’t need or want a confessed criminal representing us again.

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  • Mirza
    Jun 29, 2013 - 7:49AM

    @Salman: I agree with you 100%. After trying every legal and illegal trick possible this hardened criminal finally chose to try telling “some” truth. He knows he cannot fool anybody anymore hence a little bit of crying.
    Thanks and regards,
    M

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  • Usman Sherazi
    Jun 29, 2013 - 8:40AM

    Shame on you Salman Butt for repeatedly shattering the trust of your followers, countrymen, the team and deeply damaging the very sport that brought you so much fame and wealth.
    After repeatedly pleading your innocence for three years despite being convicted and proven guilty and doing time in jail, the only apparent reason that you are “apologising” to the nation is to get a second chance at the sport.
    Forget it man. You are lucky to be walking free in Pakistan. You were offered a rather lenient punishment by the British courts. Very easily you could still be arrested and made to rot in jail for many more years in Pakistan along with your pals.
    You knew full well what you were doing despite being aware of all the previous match fixing scandals that some of your predecessors and colleagues were involved in.
    It was sickening to see your smiling photos in today’s papers while pleading forgiveness from the nation. Shame on you!!

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  • Sodomite
    Jun 29, 2013 - 9:57AM

    @Salman:
    You are absolutely right. Has no compunction as long as his purpose is served. English justice was not only done but seen to be done. In appeals Butt spent thousands of pounds in lawyers fees and court costs. He finally realized that English Judiciary could not be bought.

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  • RizwanKhan
    Jun 29, 2013 - 10:01AM

    He disgraced the whole nation and kept to his lie and now again this drama. Though its a good thing to apologize but he definately should not get a place to represent the country at any level.
    A example should be set or all wrongdoers will be encouraged.

    Shame on you disgruntle Salman Butt!

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  • Wahaj Shaikh
    Jun 29, 2013 - 10:05AM

    What Butt did:
    Step 1: Claim innocence from the beginning.
    Step 2: Even after the court verdict, still claim innocence.
    Step 3: Wait for a while until someone offers a way back which involves admission of your crime. Step 4: Son’t say you have done anything wrong but ‘I admit the decision of the ICC tribunal’! Step 5: Ask for more: “Since I have only two years left of my ban, I request the ICC to allows me to play in domestic cricket.” I like giving second chances but if Butt is allowed to take this route, every future player should be able to take a similar route and the joke will be on all of us.

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  • Mohsin
    Jun 29, 2013 - 10:07AM

    Well said “Better late than never”, PCB should give him chance to play domestic cricket, Everybody does mistakes & If he’s feeling ashamed then he deserves a second chance.

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  • Zulfiqar Baig
    Jun 29, 2013 - 10:52AM

    Salman Butt confession is too late. His hope to play for the nation is just shame.

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  • Zulfiqar Baig
    Jun 29, 2013 - 10:56AM

    Any one who will even assist Butt to play again will also be considered a crook.

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  • Yusuf
    Jun 29, 2013 - 11:23AM

    Its my Tax Money, there are many young aspiring Pakistanis to be considered first. Lets give new comers a chance first.

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  • adnan
    Jun 29, 2013 - 11:57AM

    a trued isgracer.

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  • Nazim
    Jun 29, 2013 - 12:04PM

    Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamir all three are ZINDA DILANE LAHORE……

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  • hasan ansari
    Jun 29, 2013 - 1:02PM

    Go play with your friends. No Pakistan team for u.

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  • ab
    Jun 29, 2013 - 2:02PM

    you never know seeing the current corruption and bad governance overall and najam sethi looking after the cricket he may be selected. But after seeing him on the TV categorically denying the allegation for a long time he doesn’t deserve anything. He should have apologized just after his jail term was over. Recommend

  • antanu
    Jun 29, 2013 - 2:57PM

    unlike aamer salman and asif were not honest in their approach and should never be allowed to play for pakistan.however since bread and butter is basic human needs…they should be allowed to play on local level.this approach should also be considered over here in india for the likes of srisanth.but aamer must be given another chance since he aacepted his guilt very early.

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  • Safwan
    Jun 29, 2013 - 3:03PM

    “I am ready to play for the country again” Hahahahaha, keep dreaming.

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  • UFF
    Jun 29, 2013 - 4:19PM

    Besides all the fixing stuff… For we really want another mediocre batsman such as Butt back in the team? He wasn’t amazing to be honest.

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  • farrukh zain
    Jun 29, 2013 - 4:28PM

    Salman Butt betrayed the trust of this nation and had absolutely no remorse in doing so. He would have never admitted his guilt had he not seen an opportunity in doing so. He should never be trusted again. It would be like letting someone coming back into your family when he has already disgraced, humiliated, and sold the honor of that family. He should never be allowed to represent Pakistan EVER again. He not only is a bad person and rotten human being, he has also destroyed an excellent talent of Pakistan, Amir, for few lousy pounds. I fail to understand why he is even given the opportunity to appear in the press. He is a shameless, corrupt, and a disgusting individual.

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  • Omar Malik
    Jun 29, 2013 - 4:32PM

    As if the spot-fixing was disgraceful enough, he chose to lie and try to fool the nation for 2 years.

    Sorry buddy. Take your apology and go play angry birds or something. You are such a big disgrace for the country that you should never been seen near the national team uniform – let alone wear it!

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  • Imtiaz
    Jun 29, 2013 - 8:24PM

    Salman confession is shameful. It was 100% sure he and other 2 were involved in spot fixing. They let the nation down and now he is apologizing which which should not be accepts instead he should ban for another 10 years. The biggest problem in Pakistan is lack of discipline in every walk of life. All these 3 players should never represent Pakistan again otherwise these things will continue to happened and each time the nation will get let down.

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  • Sajjad Manzoor
    Jun 29, 2013 - 10:18PM

    I don’t accept your apology.

    You blatantly cheated and got caught out, and if you hadn’t been found out you’d still be doing it now and lining your pockets!

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  • Chinese
    Jun 29, 2013 - 11:13PM

    Hats off Salman!! You are a true Pakistani, who always comes out with the truth. That’s why we always trust you. As they say, ‘Better late than never’. Indians are yet to admit, that they fixed the world cup and champions trophy final. Worst still, they will never admit that OBL was hiding, and finally found in India.

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  • Parvez
    Jun 29, 2013 - 11:28PM

    Take up politics…………….where your talents are better suited.

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  • Tired Off
    Jun 30, 2013 - 6:18AM

    Listen his father’s exploitation at 2:16 min !!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UVqz1HVXJ0

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  • Rashid
    Jun 30, 2013 - 10:30AM

    He should not be allowed anywhere within 100 km of any cricket field, lest he corrupts the cricketers of the future..

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  • drebar
    Jul 2, 2013 - 12:09PM

    Dude, I wouldn’t trust him to wash my car, and he’s so audacious as to be requesting a return to the national side! I do think that since he has accepted his role in the thing now, it is time that the Pakistani govt should convict him n send him to a Pakistani jail. Why’s he walking all free in the first place??

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jul 2, 2013 - 12:44PM

    @Chinese: Chinese and cricket ?? China will go 100 years back if they become so involved in this game.

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