APOLOGY: Salman Butt
Pakistan’s banned former captain Salman Butt has admitted his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal that shook world cricket in 2010 in a bid to get some relaxation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) when his five-year ban ends in September.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued a signed statement of Butt last Thursday (18) in which he has apologised to all the people hurt by his role in the spot-fixing scandal.
The signed statement comes just few days after a senior PCB official revealed that until Butt made a clear confession about his role in the spot-fixing scandal he could face the prospect of having his five-year ban extended to ten years.
The ICC banned Butt and pace bowlers, Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif, in early 2011 for spot-fixing during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s in 2010 with all of them getting minimum five-year bans.
In his statement, Butt admits to being guilty of being a party in bowling of two deliberate no balls in the Lord’s Test match.
“I accept that I am guilty of breaching the ICC anti-corruption code in the manner found by the anti-corruption tribunal in its judgement dated February 5, 2011, namely being a party to the bowling of two deliberate no-balls in the Lords Test match,” he said.
“I unreservedly and unconditionally apologise and express deep regret and remorse for those grave breaches and recognise the harm they have done to cricket and to the image of the PCB and Pakistan as a nation. As a captain I accept I had greater responsibility.”