Pakistan news April 12, 2014

Butt asks PCB to work on his rehab too


Salman Butt, the banned former Pakistan captain, is hopeful PCB chairman Najam Sethi will "do for other players" what he is doing for Mohammad Amir, who is also serving a ban for spot-fixing.

Sethi had stated on several occasions previously that he is looking into getting the terms of Amir's five-year ban reduced by the ICC, so that he can revive his international career at the earliest. The ICC is set to implement an amended anti-corruption code from June, which might facilitate a quicker return to cricket for players serving long-term bans.

"I wish what he [Sethi] is doing for Amir, he does for other players too," Butt said on Saturday. "Pakistan needs Amir, and the other players."

In September last year, the PCB had sought advice from the Queen's Counsel in England, with regards to getting Amir's ban reduced. While under the old corruption code there is no provision for the ICC to reduce a ban, it is understood that the PCB was then looking to ensure Amir could at least use its training facilities ahead of schedule so he can be ready to make a comeback as soon his ban ends.

Butt said he had met the PCB several times to see what it could do for him in terms of rehabilitation, but was yet to receive any positive response. "I have been to the cricket board at least 10-15 times, and have met Colonel Azam of anti-corruption, and have asked him to start my rehabilitation lectures. It has to be organised by the PCB.

"I am available 24-7. I come to the ground every day, and as long as I am fit I am ready to play. Whatever things ICC judges have told me about rehabilitation, it's completed from my end. Whatever now PCB says I am ready."

Butt said he just wanted to be treated the same way as Amir. "It's good that the chairman is making efforts to revive the international career of Mohammad Amir, but he should also do it for others. When the ban is up, everyone should get an equal opportunity. I am not demanding anything extra."

In February 2011, Amir, 21, was one of the three banned by the ICC, along with Butt (29) and Mohammad Asif (31), after being found guilty of spot-fixing during Pakistan's Lord's Test against England in August 2010. Amir was the only one to plead guilty to the charges in the trial that followed at London's Southwark Crown Court.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • ESPN on May 5, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    No no no. Mr. Butt. Pak don't need you or Asif. You have already done a lot damages for pak cricket. We had the biggest and greatest bowler in the world and you destroyed his carrier.

  • adeel on April 16, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    "Pakistan needs Amir, and the other players." ..........WRONG...pakistan and world cricket does NOT need like of you Mr Butt & Asif !! we don't want to see you ever again on the field of cricket. why? because you two fought tooth & nail and denied (plainly lied) about your wrong doing until there was no other court who could hear it! so for someone who does not recognise he has done millions of people and his country's honour wrong does NOT deserve a 2nd chance.

    just go away.....

    pls print this comment.

  • Dummy4 on April 15, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    i do agree with Salman butt. they all should be given 2nd chance.. we all are doing such in every walk of life. .so these are our talents and triumph cards.. we should help them getting out of this dark age.

  • anfaal on April 15, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    i think much has been said and done on these trio ... in my opinion they should be given another chance , yes they did a mistake but they are our player and if we wont support them who will else do that. i hope cricket board will consider salman butt as well.

  • Taha on April 14, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Posted by SulT29 on (April 13, 2014, 13:15 GMT) All countries have given their players second chances. Why the hell pakistan shouldn't. If pakistani's do not learn to treat themselves right. No one else will and that's exactly what's happening. Sick of defending ourselves as peace loving and honest country and players. If these three have served their bans then all of them should be given a chance on merit. Stop crucifying your own players. Every country has bad moments and only we tend to keep these alive.

  • ESPN on April 14, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    I'm completely agree with Saba

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    @saba saeed sheikh ... like you've never a made single mistake in your life ... i guess you just dont get cricket or life...

  • avid on April 14, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    i think salman butt should be brought back into the team soon.. he speaks good english, so he can project the views of the pak team nicely to the outside world during the press conferences

  • Varun on April 14, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Throw them all out... such people have to be treated ruthlessly to clean the game

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Re-impose ban to life time, set example for rest of the young blood.....

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