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Salman Butt wants fresh trial in Pakistan

Umar Farooq

June 29, 2012

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Disgraced former Pakistan captain Salman Butt at a news conference in Pakistan, Lahore, June, 29, 2012
Salman Butt speaks to reporters after returning to Pakistan © AFP

Salman Butt, the former Pakistan captain, has asked for a fresh trial in Pakistan, claiming he was denied justice during the spot-fixing case in London. He also claimed to possess fresh evidence, which he said would prove his innocence.

"It's the highest and [most] renowned court in England, but what happened with me I can say I didn't find justice," Butt said during a press conference at his former club ground, Model Town Greens. "I request the Chief Justice of Pakistan to review my case. I have also written to the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) to take up my appeal and I'm waiting for their reply."

Following a News of the World sting, which claimed Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir had conspired with player agent Mazhar Majeed to bowl deliberate no-balls during the 2010 Lord's Test, Butt was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison but was released after seven. He returned to Pakistan on June 22.

Butt, however, rejected all the evidence against him. During a 35-minute press conference, he appeared confident and had an answer for every question asked. "I am here in front of you people, facing the media, to clear my name and to give my viewpoint as I had no part to play in the spot-fixing case. I just want to prove a point that both [Mohammad] Amir and Mazhar Majeed struck a deal of their own."

He flourished a document that he claimed was the transcript of communication between Amir and Majeed and would offer a different perspective on the case.

Before he was convicted and jailed in London, Butt, along with Asif and Amir, had also been found guilty by an independent ICC tribunal and was banned from playing cricket for a minimum of five years.

"I have seen prison, served two years of my ban and I'm still serving the ban. I have suffered a lot and thank God that the time has passed, it was difficult period but I had family support," Butt said. "I will try my best to display better character and represent Pakistan again.

"I made a sacrifice last year for the sake of Pakistan cricket. I didn't want to take any names then because I expected justice. I didn't get it, even though there was no evidence against me that I ever exchanged messages with Mazhar to do spot-fixing, or I told the two bowlers to deliberately bowl no-balls in the fourth Test at Lord's.

"My only mistake was, for which I do apologise, that I failed to report to the ICC about Majeed. He had been offering me for quite a long time but I was negating him again and again. It was my code of conduct, which I had signed, that if someone [makes] offers [to] me, I have to report it - which I failed to do so."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by   on (June 30, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

Good Luck Salman! We Are With You!

Posted by   on (June 30, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

I fully support u Salman Butt!

Posted by   on (June 30, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

@Intihaye Dheet ... I think he did mention in the press - conference that those evidence were not shown to the Jury, and also were made public months after his trail ended.

@mose ... we never know, it is right or wrong to say that he never disclose any names or evidence, as there is a possibility that some of the bigger names were also involved in this spot - fixing. its my opinion, it might be wrong, but this is what I think ....

Posted by   on (June 30, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

i think he is innocent but dont know about asif because they didnt found anything. but i think amir is guilty

Posted by   on (June 30, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

I am with you Salman. With your character it was not expected from you.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (June 30, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

@mose: His "evidence" if his tv interviews are anything to go by is by blaming everyone else but himself. In his eyes he has done nothing wrong and disregards any evidence against him. He even thinks going to jail was a "sacrifice" for Pakistani cricket, how deluded.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

He is Innocent....................................................................................

Posted by Nadeem_rana on (June 30, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

It would be great if he can prove his innocence but the things point out he is guilty. If there was not enough evidence against him, then why the Pakistan cricket board and great cricket players of Pakistan and other countries, present and former, said this thing. All those players must have got full information about the trail and it appears they all are sure of the fair trial. Muhammad Amir has also admitted in the media he did that wrong doing as per instructions from Salman Butt. He also claims he was more or less forced to do it by Salman Butt. Keeping all these things in mind, it looks very difficult he can get away with it even if the case goes to Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

He also said he had no confidence on british jury

Posted by jtggrehhtrhtrht on (June 30, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

i will support you all the way salman bhai

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