Salman Butt pleads for redemption as isolation fears grow

Published: September 23, 2015
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PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

Disgraced Pakistani cricketer Salman Butt on Wednesday said he feared isolation for himself and the two other members of the banned trio if they were not soon allowed to play national cricket.

“It is a disturbing situation the way I see it, we could be isolated. We just want to be allowed to play proper cricket. How else can we show anyone that we have changed and have learnt from our mistakes?” Butt questioned.

Butt’s statement comes a day after Pakistan Super League ambassador Ramiz Raja said involving the tainted trio will be “extremely dangerous” for the reputation of the inaugural PSL.

Read: Tainted trio will tarnish new Pakistan league’s image: Ramiz

Former captain Butt and pacemen Asif and Amir were cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to return to competitive cricket from September 2 after serving bans for a spot-fixing scandal in 2010.

The trio have been put under strict monitoring by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and local media have ruled out an international return for any of them before February.

Butt said that he has been doing everything in his might to please the PCB in order to win back the confidence of the people and players but the likes of him returning to the cricket field seem improbable till the start of the next domestic season.

“From what I know there is no first class cricket or major domestic event after February 2016. And I just want a chance to also prove my match fitness and form as I have not missed a single day of training since returning to Pakistan after the ban,” he said.

Read: Shoaib Akhtar wants to guide ‘talented’ Muhammad Amir

With many former players opposing the trio’s return, former Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar has given some hope to them and has expressed desire to buy a team in PSL and give Amir a chance to represent his franchise. “I am planning to buy a team in the PSL and would like to have Aamir in my team so that I can guide him and make him an effective bowler and better person,” Akhtar told AFP.

“I think they have suffered enough for their crime and they now deserve a second chance. I don’t see any reason for holding them back,” he added.

This article originally appeared on NDTV.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Sep 23, 2015 - 5:18PM

    If he’s asking that question, that means he still hasnt realized the level of crime he committed against his country. Let them play domestic cricket but should not be let near the national team. Recommend

  • Kickass
    Sep 23, 2015 - 6:44PM

    You do not deserve at all.NO REDEMPTION.Recommend

  • Nishat Ahmad
    Sep 23, 2015 - 7:33PM

    They must be given a chance.They deserve 2nd chance after serving five year ban.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Sep 23, 2015 - 7:50PM

    @Kickass:
    You are absolutely right. If SA invites any of the traitors to the cause of Pakistani cricket to PSL then we should boycott him too. SA is not bigger than Pakistan.Recommend

  • MJ
    Sep 23, 2015 - 7:54PM

    He should not be allowed within a 2 mile radius of any cricketing ground.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 23, 2015 - 11:38PM

    Lets hope the PCB does not behave like NAB…….and plea bargain.Recommend

  • B T
    Sep 24, 2015 - 5:32AM

    Hi,

    With all due respect to everyone’s views and opinions.
    Why not give them a chance, especially Amir. He was young and naive and the fact he came from a very humble background. You have to keep all of that in mind before we come to a conclusion on their fate.
    We vote in tainted politicians in power, we have killers run free and we want to make an example out of a cricket players who took bribes got caught, served the time and are begging and pleading to be forgiven.

    So my fellow country men and women think about it. They are not the only ones who have tarnished Pakistanis image on the bigger stage. Our politicians and overseas Pakistanis have done there part on tarnishing the image.

    Regards,

    B.TRecommend

  • Sep 24, 2015 - 8:34AM

    Zero tolerance life ban.they should not be allowed.it will set an example.I agree with Ramiz rajaRecommend

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