Spot-fixing April 17, 2013

Butt still aims to play again


Salman Butt, the former Pakistan captain, has accepted that he will now have to serve the rest of his ICC ban after his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was rejected although he remains determined to resume his career in little more than two years.

"I have already served two years and eight months and after another two years and four months and I can still play," Butt told reporters at Model Town Green Ground in Lahore, the place where he started playing cricket. Wearing a black polo shirt and blue jeans, he looked far more confident than in his previous public appearance when he returned home after serving seven months in prison.

"I want to play cricket and getting the appeal was the only hope," he said. "I wasn't more than 50 percent sure that the decision would come in my favour, but still there was a hope that I would be able to reduce my ban but now there is no way other than completing rest of my ban."

Butt was given a 10-year ban for his part in the 2010 spot-fixing controversy, five years of which were suspended on condition that, throughout that period, he commits no further breach of the ICC code and that he participates, under the auspices of the Pakistan Cricket Board, in a programme of anti-corruption education.

However, while Butt "accepted the ban" he to discuss any wrongdoing and shunned away any questions about admitted his part in spot-fixing. "I am here to talk about rejected appeal and not the case," he insisted. "Our stance which was on day one, is the currently the same."

ESPNcricinfo understands that if during the first five years of the ban Butt doesn't take part in any educational programme the suspended five years will come into effect. Suspension can be waved only on the condition if he takes part in a PCB anti-corruption education programme. "What I know from my lawyer is that only five years out the ten are effective and I have already spent half of it," Butt said.

He then cited the age of current Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq as a sign that he will have a chance to resume his career. "In the remaining time I want to work hard," he added. "Obviously it's a struggling time but it's always great to rise after fighting with tough times. The captain of the Pakistan team is 39 years old...I will be 30 when I serve the ban in two years time so I don't find any reason not to play cricket."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Cricket on April 21, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    What is so great about this guy, Salman Butt. He has a batting average of 30 in test matches and 36 in ODI's. I am sure that after a reasonable opportunity Nasir Jamashed & Harris Sohail will prove to be better than this guy. There are many other younsters in Pakistan. Why do you want Salman back?


  • I on April 19, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    All this talk of comebacks is dispiriting. Yes, there is some incredible talent lost to Pakistan and world cricket through this affair, but we can't keep looking to them for the future, we need to concentrate on the players we have now. What's the use on suspending development until 2015 for these guys to come back to the national team? Sure, we haven't had a bowler like Amir in a long time and he's a great loss, but all the same, we don't need people who have shown the give less than 100% to the team

  • Cricket on April 19, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Shame on Zaka.

    He says that domestic rout can be given to Butt & Asif after the ban.

    Why is the PCB so loving to doubtful charecters and now even proven bad charecters ?


  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    I think it is fine for him to resume cricket and work again on building a reputation for himself. u cant just end someone's life for 1 mistake and he even is serving his sentence....and whts more, he did not kill anyone, it was a sport and he serves 6 years. Its Ok in my opinion as long as he remains honest in future..

  • Rohan on April 18, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    v good butt, u made a mistake, u should learn frm that, punishment is to make people better, practice hard, come back in d team as a better stronger player, dnt ever make that mistake again, i m indian bt seriously frm d bottom of my heart i want all 3 of you to play fr pakistan again, u guys r class..........

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    He made a mistake, he admits it and due to that he was behind bars for 7 months. Now its payback moment, Come on Dude ,show your admiration towards your motherland.

  • ABDUL MATEEN on April 18, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Salman should never be given place in playing 15 after his ban as he disgrace the name of our country

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    None of 3 players should play for Pakistan. PCB has to set an example, if you cheat "you are done and dusted".

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    cant understand who are these people taking of second chance, is this marriage. He already made his money and wasted so many matches and time of viewers. Brought bad name to the sport... is he a kid to be given a second chance ?

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Salman Butt needs to man up and admit that he was involved in the spot fixing. He should take responsibility and tell the people of Pakistan that what he did was wrong and then people won't mind if he comes back and plays cricket in domestic circuit.. It takes a lot of guts and power to say I am sorry.. Till date, he denied that he was involved in spot fixing and as a Pakistani cricket fan I don't want to see him back in the team EVER unless he apologizes to the nation.

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