Salman Butts Full Confession of Guilt
Former Pakistani captain Salman Butt has apparently made his first full confession of guilt to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in the infamous 2010 spot-fixing scandal, the Press Trust of India reported.
As a result of the spot fixing scandal Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir were banned.
Apparently Butt fully confessed to his involvement and knowledge regarding the spot fixing in the fourth test against England at Lords, during his meeting with PCB chief, Shaharyar Khan at Lahore. He added that he had instructed Aamir and Asif to bowl the no-balls, a source in the board told PTI.
According to sources, “Butt expressed complete regret and was willing to cooperate totally with the ICC.”
The trio had already served a minimum five year bans from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and a jail sentences in the United Kingdom in 2011.
Butt’s full fledged confession came after ICC informed PCB that it was not satisfied with the earlier statements made by Butt and Asif, for the two needed to admit their proper involvement and guilt in the scandal, source said.
Sources further added that ICC anti-corruption gave Muhammad Aamir the relaxation to play domestic cricket before his five year ban ends in September this year to which Salman butt reviewed his position and approached PCB to plea his case as well.
On the other hand, ICC has termed Butt as the mastermind of the event manipulating Asif and Aamir against large payments from the UK based Pakistani bookmaker Mazhar Majeed, who currently is serving time.
In the advent of these developments with Butts renewed stance, PCB would now send his case to the ICC for a fresh plea, as per sources.
In Butt’s case after his five-year ban ends there is also the matter of his suspended ban sentence, of the same period, which can be put aside by the ICC anti-corruption unit freeing him to resume playing cricket.
On January 29, banned fast bowler Aamir had received an early reprieve for a return to domestic cricket following his cooperation with anti-corruption officials.
Amir’s five-year ban was scheduled to expire on September 2 but the 22-year-old could return to domestic cricket with immediate effect, the ICC said in a statement.
“It’s the biggest news of my life,” he had told AFP by phone adding that “It was the most difficult phase of my life but I am sure it’s over now and I am keen to return to international grounds.”
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