Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has, for the first time, admitted to spot-fixing. Two years after he was found guilty of the offence, Butt apologised to the nation for his actions.
Butt and fast bowlers, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, were banned from cricket by ICC in 2011 after they were found guilty of deliberately delivering no-balls during the Lord’s Test against England in 2010.
"I apologise to the nation and all the fans who have been hurt by the spot-fixing case," Butt was quoted as saying in a press conference.
Butt was handed a 10-year ban, with five years suspended, Asif was barred for seven years (two suspended) and Amir was given five years. Butt and Asif did appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) but were unsuccessful.
"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 added.
The former Pakistan skipper has also requested the ICC to reduce his ban so that he could return to international cricket. "I request the interim chairman (PCB chief Najam Sethi ) 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.