Butt ready to begin rehabilitation process

Umar Farooq

April 23, 2013

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Salman Butt at Lahore airport after his release from jail, June 22, 2012
Salman Butt has met with PCB officials to confirm his participation in a rehabilitation programme © AFP

Salman Butt, the former Pakistan captain, has indicated his availability to the PCB to take part in an anti-corruption rehabilitation program, ESPNcricinfo has learned. Butt met with Pakistan board officials hours after Dave Richardson, the ICC's chief executive, urged him and Mohammad Asif to cooperate with the authorities over their involvement in spot-fixing.

The PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf, had already hinted at a route back for the banned trio - Butt, Asif and Mohammad Amir - after they have served their bans. Butt met with PCB officials at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Tuesday and offered to complete the anti-corruption education programme, which he is required to participate in to avoid a further five-year suspended sentence becoming active.

Ashraf has given a clear indication that the players are free to try and rebuild their careers in the Pakistan domestic game - once their suspensions have been served - but warned against further transgressions.

Butt, 28, appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for a reduction in his five-year (plus five suspended) ban but the plea was dismissed after the panel wasn't persuaded that the sanction imposed by the ICC's independent tribunal was disproportionate. Butt, however, is optimistic about his future in the game and believes he can make a return to professional cricket after serving the remaining two years and four months of his ban. He will be 30 when the suspension is complete in August 2015.

The independent anti-corruption tribunal, chaired by Michael Beloff QC, found Butt, Asif and Amir guilty of charges relating to spot-fixing at the Lord's Test match between England and Pakistan in August 2010. In addition, Butt was also found guilty of breaching the ICC's anti-corruption code by failing to report an approach made to him by Mazhar Majeed to engage in corrupt activity during The Oval Test match earlier in the same month.

All three were suspended in February 2011 and later given custodial sentences after being tried in the English courts. Butt served seven months of a 30-month prison sentence, Asif was released from prison after serving half of a year-long sentence, while Amir spent three months in a young offenders' institution after admitting his charge at a pre-trial hearing.

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Posted by   on (April 26, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

Aamir can join back, that's fine. You must understand that he was just a kid, drunk and high with power, money and fame. All of that plus no education. He was just a kid and you HAVE to give him that much and cut him some huge slack since he has already served prison and is now serving a ban. Once he is free of that, he should be given a second life, a second chance to rebuild his life. We all deserve that for sure.

However, the same can not be said about Butt and Asif. They were adults, they were the puppet masters and they knew exactly what they were doing.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

i think pcb should leave these guyz and just need to focus on pak current players.but i think pcb knows better than us.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

We should look forward to Salman Butt and Mhmd Amir returning to international cricket and redeem their reputation and career. It would be a powerful example for the cricketing world, and for the young people taking up the game. I hope Butt and Amir find good mentors who can support and inspire them. Good luck to these talented cricketers. May you rise and shine. (An Indian cricket fan).

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

It will send a wrong message if any of Butt, Asif or Amir are ever allowed to play for Pakistan again. If we want to seriously attempt to erase corruption completely then I would urge selectors never to select them irrespective of their form or even the need of TEAM PAKISTAN. They should realise as role models they have set a bad example for youngsters and if they are seen to be punished severely it will deter youngsters in doing the same not in cricket but all walks of life. The message to Pakistani youngsters should be very clear - CRIME DOES NOT & SHOULD NOT PAY.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

i dont understand why people are willing to give him a second chance?? he was Captain of PAKISTAN?? he brought the game the country into disrepute. Simple he should be BANNED FOR LIFE. Made an example for future players. This is why pakistan cricket suffers. They pocketed for themselves, people paid money to come and watch them play cricket, He cost Pakistan the chance to have England as a home to play home series at, discussion that was goin on at the time. i do not understand why he shoudl be allowed back, Ban him from participating and ban him from being involved in cricket full stop. There are players who come from poor backgrounds and are willing to put everything into representing their country. This guy bought shame to country, to the people, he should never be allowed back. Why even give him space to commentate at games? this is so stupid, it shows we have not accepted his charges. HE WAS FOUND GUILTY IN COURT end of.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (April 24, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

It's a natural instinct to reject and shun the disgraced cricketers outright, but spare a thought for their families, they are the innocent victims. Also I strongly believe that if used cleverly these disgraced cricketers can be a very powerful tool in stopping any future cricketers from falling into the traps of corruption, their personal example will be a sobering influence to any would be fixer.

Posted by Cricket_Man on (April 24, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

There is nothing anybody can do to stop Butt, Asif and Aamir from playing cricket once they are done with their bans. They have every right to play after that. However, then only those should be considered for national team who admit their mistakes and perform well at the domestic level then.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

I believe Salman butt is educated reasonable man. He has the capacity to start his life again and not to repeat this mistake.

Asif's life is full of these controversies. He is clever and cunning man.

Mohammad Aamir need to understand that life is one time journey. No body is indispensable. Graveyards are full of talented, brilliant and bright people of its time.

Posted by dashe on (April 24, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

Asif has at least taken some culpability. Salman is not even man enough to recognise his mistakes.

Posted by rony1008 on (April 23, 2013, 23:54 GMT)

But he said he was innocent!

Posted by Chris_P on (April 23, 2013, 23:01 GMT)

The best anti corruption program is to ban him for life. He has disgraced this great game & should never be allowed to soil it again. Shameful affront to the game & its followers.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (April 23, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

Look to the future, all three will still have 4 to 5 years of playing life after the ban.

Posted by nathangonmad on (April 23, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

If he ever plays international cricket again there is something very wrong with the PCB.

Posted by applethief on (April 23, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

This is a clear indication that Butt intends to make a return to international cricket, and that the PCB intends to let him. And that every Pakistan supporter should be sad, we don't need Salman Butt representing the country ever again

Posted by   on (April 23, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

i only pray mohammed amir should return to international cricket.salman butt and asif dosnt deserve to play cricket again. they ruined 5 yrs of mohammed amir future. they forced him into fixing. if they play again then what will happen to pak youth.young cricketers will also start fixing.pak cricket doesnt need asif and salman. there are many new talent in the face of harris shoel,sharjeel khan,raffatulla mohammed,ahmed shazad,umer amin,shoieb maqsood,fawad alam,raza hasan,hammed azam,anwar ali,asad ali so why waste time in this fixers.

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