Spot-fixing April 23, 2013

Butt, Asif asked to admit fixing


Dave Richardson, the ICC's chief executive, has urged banned Pakistan duo Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif to "publicly accept their parts" in corruption and to cooperate with the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit (ASCU) and begin a rehabilitation program. Butt and Asif had appeals against their bans from cricket dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last week.

Richardson's comments came after the ICC had received full, written decisions on the verdicts from CAS, in which it was suggested that Butt had for the first time admitted to his involvement in spot-fixing during the 2010 Lord's Test between England and Pakistan.

"The guilt of these men has now been established on three separate occasions, in three separate sets of proceedings, and in three separate forums," Richardson said in a statement. "The time has now come for them to stop misleading the members of the public, especially the supporters of the Pakistan cricket team, and to publicly accept their parts in this corrupt conspiracy.

"I am certain that both Mr Butt and Mr Asif have information that can be of great assistance to the ACSU and its ongoing fight against corruption in cricket. I would, therefore, urge them, without any further delay, to start the process of rebuilding their lives and reputations by apologising for their actions and meeting with ICC's anti-corruption officials to come clean about what actually happened."

After a hearing in February, CAS took two months to reject Asif and Butt's appeals against the ICC bans they received in 2011 for their part in the spot-fixing scandal uncovered by an English newspaper in 2010. Asif had wanted the ICC ruling overturned while Butt asked for his ban to be reduced but CAS did not find any evidence to support either claim.

"We are pleased to note that the CAS panel rejected each and every one of the allegations that were made of prosecutorial misconduct by the ICC, and bias and incompetence on the part of the independent anti-corruption tribunal, thereby reinforcing that the players were treated fairly and in accordance with the principles of natural justice at all times," Richardson said.

"In addition to the CAS finding Mr Asif a party to the conspiracy to act corruptly, it is also pleasing to note from the decisions that Mr Butt acknowledged his part in the fix before the CAS panel."

ESPNcricinfo understands that if during the first five years of their bans the players do not take part in any educational programme, the extra suspended element will come into effect - five years for Butt and two for Asif. The extensions can be waived only if they take part in a PCB anti-corruption education programme. Both players have so far refused to accept their part in public, despite being found culpable on three separate occasions: first, by the ICC's independent anti-corruption tribunal, then in the English criminal courts, and finally before CAS, the ultimate appeal body in sport.

Butt apologised in public only for a "failure to report to the ICC" on his return to Lahore from London, after serving seven months of his 30-month jail sentence. Asif was also imprisoned in the UK, serving half of a 12-month term. Butt was recently asked if he admitted his part in the notorious spot-fixing episode but the former captain refused to respond.

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

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  • Dummy4 on April 26, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Atleast Mohd Aamir should be allowed to play from now onwards as he apologised to public and is helping ICC Anti corruption.

  • Karthik on April 24, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    It's imperative for Butt and Asif to admit to the terrible crimes they have committed. PCB should be very strict with these guys and make sure they undergo every possible rehabilitation program. Only after it has been confirmed that they have indeed realised their mistakes and repented for the same should there be any talk about them returning back to international cricket. Asif especially should never be entertained ever again. As I recall, he had been accused on similar grounds previously. Only person who I feel sorry for is Amir. He should be educated properly and allowed back once he serves his time.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    I THINK pakistan should welcome both players when they served their ban. they are very good player.

  • hibbatur on April 23, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Richardson is right, move on boys move on.

  • Arshad on April 23, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Mr Butt should get maximum possible punishment. Even if he returns from the ban, he is such an ordinary player that it would be quite difficult for Hom to find a place in the test team. Look at his records that truly reflect his mediocre class... Surely he lost matches deliberately and induced other players to under perform, therefore he does not deserve to play cricket at top level.

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    With solid evidence available to the ICC, it would be the most sensible thing to do.

  • Prateek on April 23, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Absolutely. This will be first right step towards redemption. If either Butt or Asif still think that anyone still thinks they are innocent, they are only trying to escape from reality. I hope better sense prevails and they help out ICC in its fight against match/spot fixing.

  • Niren on April 23, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Dave is correct. Butt and Asif made a mistake, for which they have already suffered. But because of the society we live in (in both, India and Pakistan) social stigma stays forever, which forces every criminal to not accept their crimes. I would say we all are human beings and we all make mistakes. It is okay to make a mistake but it is NOT okay to repeatedly prove innocence. It will only bring more stigma. I am sure, if they accept what they did, they can move forward more easily. Plus ASCU can really benefit from them, since they know a lot of things that ASCU does not know. Their input can be valuable to cricket, if not on ground, off ground. Here is your chance to become true legends, who can change the face of the game by abolishing corruption. Just be little brave and do it for your family. I am sure people will come hugging you and not hate you. It was mistake for which you have suffered more that what I would think of. Good Luck folks!!

  • Sami on April 23, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Why can't they just admit the guilt? Just do it and save some reputation (if you have any left).

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Admit or not admit, these two won't be playing for Pakistan ever again. So it makes no difference.

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