Pakistan news June 28, 2013

Butt admits to fixing, apologises

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Salman Butt, the banned former Pakistan captain, has publicly admitted to his part in spot-fixing for the first time and issued an apology. He has also indicated his willingness to participate in PCB and ICC rehabilitation programmes and said he still retains ambitions of returning to international cricket.

Butt was given a five-year ban, with another five suspended, from all cricket by the ICC for his part in a scam during the Lord's Test in August 2010. He also served time in prison in England.

In April, Butt and his former team-mate Mohammad Asif lost their appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the suspensions to be reduced and Dave Richardson, the ICC's chief executive, called on them to admit their wrongdoing and cooperate with the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU).

"I admit the decision of the ICC tribunal," Butt said in a brief statement to the media in Lahore. "I said it before and am saying again, that to all those who have been disappointed by my actions I do apologise for them. Also, the [negative] effect it had on cricket's integrity, I would like to apologise for that.

"I want to insist, to all those playing and wanting to play cricket, they must stay away from such wrongdoings because it negatively effects them and the game of cricket."

There will be no immediate implication in the wake of the apology. Butt will have to serve the five-year ban, compulsory under the ACSU code. The remaining five years of his 10-year ban is suspended. After the apology he has to start rehabilitation. In addition to doing that, he has to tell the whole truth to the ACSU and PCB. If he can do all that then he could resume playing, provided he has satisfied ACSU and agrees to further monitoring.

Butt also made another request for a softening of his ICC ban, so that he could play domestic cricket before a possible return for Pakistan. Zaka Asraf, the currently suspended PCB chairman, had previously indicated that there could be a route back for Butt and Asif, once their suspensions had been lifted.

"I want to give my availability for any PCB rehab programme and from the ICC," Butt said. "Since I have only two years left of my ban, I request the ICC to allows me to play in domestic cricket. So by the time my ban ends, I can be available for national selection."

Mohammad Amir, the third Pakistan player found guilty of conspiring to bowl deliberate no-balls at Lord's, also served a custodial sentence in England and received a five-year ban from the ICC. The PCB's interim chairman, Najam Sethi, said earlier in the week that he would request that the ICC consider reducing the suspension. Amir is still only 21, while Butt is 28 and Asif 30.

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

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  • POSTED BY markatnotts on | July 1, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    Some people om here have got the impression the ban has already been softened and he can play domestic cricket. He can't but has asked for that. My view is he shouldn't and should count himself a vert lucky man if he does so after the ban has expired. One thing I am confident of is he will never play for Pakistan again. It is a crying shame as before the scandal that broke at the end of the tour of England he came across as a decent thoughtful man captaining a side woefully short of batting talent for English conditions but rich on superb bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Too late for mitigation of sentence, that boat sailed a long time again. The problem remains, is he really sorry or only sorry he got caught? Does he still think that what he did was wrong, if he does, then he must give up all those he knows who have been involved in matchfixing, spot betting, etc....then only can any authority even contemplate him being allowed on a cricket field again.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_theBestGame on | July 1, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    @ Shafiq Ashraf - agreed. a question on lips of millions around the world.

    never allow this man to play again in internation side. had he apologised when he was caught, things would've been different. but NOT NOW!!! PCB and ICC should let him play in domestic cricket but PCB should never select him in national side. besides he was medicore player anyway.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | June 30, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    If Pak cricket wants to have a better future, ban this guy from all types of games for rest of his life so that all other players get a message. When a captain destroys a young bowler like Amir, he should end up in jail for a long time. I hate to see his face.

  • POSTED BY riz309 on | June 30, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Hell no, Mr Butt you being a captain and doing such stuff to your team you should not be allowed at all to play any kind of a game straight up and Asif being many times a trouble maker for PCB should get lost too,just look the damage they did to Pakistan cricket just imagine Aamir and Asif in champions trophy along with Irfan and Junaid a dream attack but no to Asif and Butt on the other hand Aamir should be given a chance the guy was young,naive and a newcomer looking up to his seniors who used him to gain financial goal i bet with you Aamir never had a clue what that no ball meant

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    After all the appeals and denials, now he apologises!

  • POSTED BY SareemBeta96 on | June 30, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    They should just forget about Salman Butt. He is no use for the team. They should bring in M.Amir and M.Asif. Those are world class bowlers. If u remember, Pakistan was a dangerous team when these 2 people were in the team. Now even Bangladesh can beat PAK. They should get rid of every player except Hafeez, Ajmal, Akmal Brothers, Shafiq, Rehman, and Shehzad. These are the only people with consistent performances. They other 2-3 should be the young talent. IT'S TIME TO BRING IN THE YOUNG TALENT! Misbah and Afridi should just retire now.

    So there's no point of your apology, Butt. Forget cricket. Asif and AMir are the ones who deserve the play.

    SO BRING IN YOUNG BLOOD!

  • POSTED BY Kak-mal_Khan on | June 30, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    If you really cared about the Pakistan team and Pakistani people, what you would have done is asked for Mohammed Amir's banned to be reduced, you took a young impressionable cricketer under your wing and led him to fall prey to corrupt activity, in the process robbing the nation of a crown jewel that was sure to have broken many records (barring any injuries) and possibly have helped gift Pakistan with a World trophy. If you were sincere in your apology, you should no longer reflect your personal goals for playing in Pakistan colours, but rather would be better you help to bring the next generation players into the Pakistan team, this would best redeem you of your crime!

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    if this guy gets back into pakistan national team - will be a miracle; being captain and responsible for spot fixing should not be condoned.

  • POSTED BY huhohuhohuho on | June 30, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    why are they even letting him play domestic cricket he has ruined the reputation of pakistan and made us lose an extraordinary player like amir

  • POSTED BY markatnotts on | July 1, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    Some people om here have got the impression the ban has already been softened and he can play domestic cricket. He can't but has asked for that. My view is he shouldn't and should count himself a vert lucky man if he does so after the ban has expired. One thing I am confident of is he will never play for Pakistan again. It is a crying shame as before the scandal that broke at the end of the tour of England he came across as a decent thoughtful man captaining a side woefully short of batting talent for English conditions but rich on superb bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Too late for mitigation of sentence, that boat sailed a long time again. The problem remains, is he really sorry or only sorry he got caught? Does he still think that what he did was wrong, if he does, then he must give up all those he knows who have been involved in matchfixing, spot betting, etc....then only can any authority even contemplate him being allowed on a cricket field again.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_theBestGame on | July 1, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    @ Shafiq Ashraf - agreed. a question on lips of millions around the world.

    never allow this man to play again in internation side. had he apologised when he was caught, things would've been different. but NOT NOW!!! PCB and ICC should let him play in domestic cricket but PCB should never select him in national side. besides he was medicore player anyway.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | June 30, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    If Pak cricket wants to have a better future, ban this guy from all types of games for rest of his life so that all other players get a message. When a captain destroys a young bowler like Amir, he should end up in jail for a long time. I hate to see his face.

  • POSTED BY riz309 on | June 30, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Hell no, Mr Butt you being a captain and doing such stuff to your team you should not be allowed at all to play any kind of a game straight up and Asif being many times a trouble maker for PCB should get lost too,just look the damage they did to Pakistan cricket just imagine Aamir and Asif in champions trophy along with Irfan and Junaid a dream attack but no to Asif and Butt on the other hand Aamir should be given a chance the guy was young,naive and a newcomer looking up to his seniors who used him to gain financial goal i bet with you Aamir never had a clue what that no ball meant

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    After all the appeals and denials, now he apologises!

  • POSTED BY SareemBeta96 on | June 30, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    They should just forget about Salman Butt. He is no use for the team. They should bring in M.Amir and M.Asif. Those are world class bowlers. If u remember, Pakistan was a dangerous team when these 2 people were in the team. Now even Bangladesh can beat PAK. They should get rid of every player except Hafeez, Ajmal, Akmal Brothers, Shafiq, Rehman, and Shehzad. These are the only people with consistent performances. They other 2-3 should be the young talent. IT'S TIME TO BRING IN THE YOUNG TALENT! Misbah and Afridi should just retire now.

    So there's no point of your apology, Butt. Forget cricket. Asif and AMir are the ones who deserve the play.

    SO BRING IN YOUNG BLOOD!

  • POSTED BY Kak-mal_Khan on | June 30, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    If you really cared about the Pakistan team and Pakistani people, what you would have done is asked for Mohammed Amir's banned to be reduced, you took a young impressionable cricketer under your wing and led him to fall prey to corrupt activity, in the process robbing the nation of a crown jewel that was sure to have broken many records (barring any injuries) and possibly have helped gift Pakistan with a World trophy. If you were sincere in your apology, you should no longer reflect your personal goals for playing in Pakistan colours, but rather would be better you help to bring the next generation players into the Pakistan team, this would best redeem you of your crime!

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    if this guy gets back into pakistan national team - will be a miracle; being captain and responsible for spot fixing should not be condoned.

  • POSTED BY huhohuhohuho on | June 30, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    why are they even letting him play domestic cricket he has ruined the reputation of pakistan and made us lose an extraordinary player like amir

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Even i am from from pakistan but still feel that Icc should have imposed life ban for corrupt players. No mercy needed in such regard for saving the interest and passion of the game.

  • POSTED BY mredz84 on | June 30, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    he tried everything to get his ban reduced appeals and all. now that he has exhausted all options he is apologizing. he hasnt learnt anything from this whole episode. i say up hold the ban. he should have confessed earlier without the denials. playing for your country is not a right, its a privilege!!!

  • POSTED BY MichealT on | June 30, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Butt not only should admit it but also takes blame of everything on himself and minimize it on Arif and Asif. Pakistan has lost two of the most wonderful bowlers ( even better than Wasim and Waqar) because of him and he should amend it for betterment of Pakistan cricket and not for himself.

  • POSTED BY CricketLifer on | June 30, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    If you are undermining the credibility of the game then you do not belong in the game - keep this rule enforced always ICC if you want others to seriously follow this wonderful game. These 3 cheaters new exactly what they were doing and harm to the game was not of a serious concern for them. Now they realize the harm to their personal wealth they seem to be sorry - though not remorseful. Keep them out!

  • POSTED BY kensohatter on | June 30, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    I see no reason for the ban to be reduced. Do the the crime do the time there is just no excuse for it and examples must be set so that this is stamped out of the game for good. Comments about how much pakistan need an opener are irrevelant as the good of the game is far more important than pakistan winning matches with poor role models

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | June 30, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    Any player or official who is found cheating/engaging in corrupt practices should feel full force of the law. This guy has been found guilty at every level of the court and tribunal. After claiming innocence for number of years, he has woken up. Finally, he realizes that he cannot start the rehabilitation process without admitting guilt.

    As such, he has come out with this statement. He should never be let on the cricket field governed by PCB or ICC.

    As for people who are talking about leniency toward Amir must understand that he was also guilty of cheating, conspiracy and corrupt behaviour. The only reason he admitted guilt was because he didn't have enough money to keep expensive to lawyers to file for futile appeals. He should also not be allowed on cricket field till his ban is served.

    Asif is a done deal so no more thoughts on that one. No one should be spared!

  • POSTED BY hasanjawaid on | June 30, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Step forward those who have not indulged in wrongdoings and besought forgiveness in their lives. Let's not pretend we are all saints and our past is a clean slate. Many of us have might have trodden the path that we perhaps still remember and regret to this-date, provided we possess slightest sense of remorse. I am not at all in favor of letting them off the hook, but come on guys - imprisonment, ban, defamation, monetary loss and fall from the grace is enough humiliation for national players who were once adored and admired by cricket fans. So, I would invite all those who are suggesting kicking them out for good, did you deserve a second chance when you fell prey to the worldly temptations and how would you have felt if you were to wear scarlet letter for the rest of your lives! I could have used Mark Twain's brainy quote here but not sure if that would register, so let me use Bruce Lee "Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them".

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    I think out of the three, Mohmammad Aamir should be rehabilitated ASAP. He was only 18 when it all happened. The Big Money, the tender age and corrupt senior all were responsible for actions. He might just have been told to do certain thing by the Captain and the senior partner in bowling attack.

    As far as Butt and Asif are concerned, they should look for some other profession. I think the damage they have done to Cricket in General and Pakistan Cricket in particular is irreparable and there should be no looking back again on them. Pakistan does have abundance of talented cricketers and they should be preferred instead.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    That was a fair punishment then why this kind of mercy for them? If ICC reduce ban then how can players would stop match fixing? This is not acceptable anyhow. They must have to suffer by ban.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    Apology accepted. The Pakistan team needs a good opener badly. Even if it is a "bad" good opener. The supplicatory pose in the above picture has convinced me that you will not do this again.

  • POSTED BY Krisy on | June 29, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Thank god. No Pakistani court has power to reduce or cancel the punishment given to these players.

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | June 29, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    Three years ago, this would have been a brave and inspiriting statement; now, it just looks like a guilty schoolboy trying to curry favour with the bosses again. Sorry, Salman, you missed your opportunity.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    I think he deserves another chance. he is a good batsman. He went through really some bad phase. And now he doesn't have anything left then to play good cricket. When All lost only your talent shows you light. Come on, show some mercy & faith on him. He is not a criminal.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    This might seem hard for some, but I think corrupt players should not be allowed to play, no matter what age group they fall in or which category they belong to, whether it be M.Aamir, Butt or Asif, they have let Pakistani flag down and they should not be allowed to play in green shirts any more,

  • POSTED BY Happy_hamster on | June 29, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Any player found guilty of any sort of match fixing/spot fixing etc. should get an automatic ban for life, saying Amir should be allowed back because he is talented is ridiculous, he is a cheat.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | June 29, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    He should have thought about this earlier. The captaincy is a precious thing, so I think he is a shame to greats of Pakistan Cricket such as Imran Khan, Wasim Akram. No mercy should be given, unless for a good reason. I don't see any good reason. Simply because he pleads mercy and wanting to play further is another cunning act as far as I can understand. Sure, people must be given mercy, but only when they are faithful. Cheeky smiles doesn't prove it at all. I think he must be punished, and that will become a good example to learn for the youngsters. Furthermore, if given mercy to him, people will start thinking that you can earn a lot, and if later found guilty for spot fixing, just plead mercy like Salman, and they can easily get away with a few years ban. Sure, punishment, and no reduction. I love Pakistan cricket, and I hate to see they are down. I want them to fire in ODI's. Bring on the speed, swing, uncertainty, aggression, and of course, honesty and goodwill. All the best.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    IF the politicians involve in scam...they just loose their post....but still they do make money from politics.....we accept or forget abt corrupt politicians.....but we dnt forgve these cricketers .....why shudnt these cricketers be given a chance.....they are not as worse as politicians..... .

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    I saw him talk on tv. He was saying, " I am sorry IF I hurt someone due to my actions. I am sorry IF my actions the game of cricket." And so on and so forth. Now his manner of asking for an apology is rude even. IF Mr. Butt stay away from cricket forever then you will be forgiven as human but as a cricketer, there is no palace for you.

  • POSTED BY Zeeshan_haidri on | June 29, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    All cricket-fans seem to every at one point.. that no pardon for spot fixers...

  • POSTED BY Dannymania on | June 29, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    I am a cricket fan and i just want good players to play in the pakistani cricket team.Butt got caught while performing a very foolish act.But that doesnt mean that he cannot be forgiven for it.I am a die hard cricket fan and i have actually forgiven him a long time ago.He has suffered enough.I think its time that he and Aamer are enabled to play cricket for pakistan again.We need them,thats for sure.

  • POSTED BY Happy_AusBang on | June 29, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    I can agree to let him play domestic cricket after he fulfils all that is required of him. However, he should never be a part of the national team again. Perhaps if he fully rehabilitated he could have a some role but not in a playing capacity. Same goes for Asif, who had been implicated in another matter before. PCB and ICC could consider some leniency towards Amir as he admitted to his guilt very early on and because he is very young and comes from underprivileged background.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Only aamir deserves a chance.Asif and Butt are real culprits and deserve not to play for country or even first class anymore.They are not trustworthy.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    The international careers of Butt & Asif are over. Aamir's ban should be reduced to 3 years, since he was young and following his captain's orders.

  • POSTED BY HowzatPK on | June 29, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Given that Butt is accepting his wrong doings after seeing no choices to lie further and not admitting upfront, I think he should NOT be re-admitted into Pakistan Cricket, having brought the entire nation and fans all over the world, in shame and disrepute. Asif should be treated the same. Since Amir accepted his mistake, there could be a case for his return but that's about it. We can't afford recurrence of such mistakes.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Allowing Amir would be ideal, because he accepted and apologized while the investigations were one.

    But this guy (Butt) accepted and apologized with a material interest in mind only now and should never be allowed to play again.

  • POSTED BY J.Dilawar on | June 29, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    No leniency for Butt and Asif, their ban has already been reduced from 10 years to 5 years, these two should not be part of national team. Whereas, ICC should consider reducing 5 years ban imposed on Asif, as he was very your at that time and accecpted his wrongdoing very early.

  • POSTED BY TheProfPak on | June 29, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Totally agreed with Shamshad Nabi. Butt should be penalized further to hide the truth for 3 years. He should not be returning to international cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Atleast trying to learn from mistakes is good. We should not hate & take revenge for what they did. Let them build their life back. These players are human too.

  • POSTED BY ZoBi_Khalidi on | June 29, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Butt and Asif should ban for life as Pakistan don't need them while leniency should be shown for Amir as he is young and already accept what he did and he also cooperating with ICC and PCB.

  • POSTED BY Anwar-Lara on | June 29, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    woww initially tried to prove his innocence and now when every such effort has gone in vain he is apologising so that he could make a comeback.. easy...

    people like him should never get a chance to represent the crescent and a star.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    all three should not return to cricket again ... there must be life time ban on them & all those involved in this henious crime !!! It ought to be a lesson for all

  • POSTED BY Kumail_Asadi on | June 29, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    What else he can do now? he done mistake once and he has been punished. he is guilty and now should been forgiven. That's unfair if some one blocks his way to international cricket. To err is human.

  • POSTED BY indicricket on | June 29, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    He has tarnished the sport he played, he has tarnished the name of the country, that gave him the privilege of wearing its colours. All this when he was the Captain. He does not deserve an iota of leniency.

  • POSTED BY PeterJerome on | June 29, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Congratulations to PCB & ICC for bringing such guys to justices. You guys are much better off without such nuisance. All Pakistan cricket needs is a good batting coach who will make their batting as fearless as their bowling. One of the WI legends would be more than handy. All the best dear neighbors. BCCI/ICC give us some good INDO-PAK tests on neutral bouncy tracks.

  • POSTED BY huhohuhohuho on | June 29, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    I think that amir should be shown some leniency as he is great talent and he admitted to what he did.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Deven Sharma, I completely agree with you, Pakistan dont need these types of foxes, Salman, Asif and Amir should be thank ful to Almighty Allah, Pakistani People, Whom allowed them to stay in Pakistan. They are shameless people.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    just ban him for 10 more years

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | June 29, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    All three should serve the full term of their bans. No leniency should be shown. This will be the best deterrent.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Butt as usual is making a cunning move , hoping there will be dividends . I hope he is charged further for perjury for previous statements including under oath statements in court that he was innocent . He was given an undeserved opportunity as Captain inspite of his mediocre performance . Instead of being grateful he tarnished the name of Pakistan .

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Is Salman serious about playing domestic cricket in Pakistan. All three should be let go and never to represent cricket in any form or shape. They sold their soul for the passion millions of kids dream about. I played cricket till my high school level and I am sory but passion is priceless besides they do get paid by the PCB. But the problem is greed and exploitation and that is injustice to the game. Its like stealing from the company and expecting them to keep you employed. Please, they should move on find something else to do besides anything to do with cricket.

  • POSTED BY Whatsgoinoffoutthere on | June 29, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    I still don't trust this bloke.

    Further, after 33 tests his batting average is barely above 30. His ODI average isn't too bad, although to put that into perspective Alistar Cook has a slightly better scoring rate.

    This suggests Butt isn't good enough to play international cricket. I also wonder if Pakistan's opening batsmen aren't performing better without him in the team...?

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    what a joke Mr Salman Butt you tried every possible way to escape from the shameful thing you did for earning money and you kept shouting that i am innocent and have done nothing wrong despite spoiling the carrier of a immensely talented fast bowler ( who is also not all that innocent ) for three years you fooled everyone and now you are asking for forgiveness, do you know your shameful act has brought Pakistan cricket greatest damage of all and nobody in the whole world is ready to believe Pakistani cricketers abilities they thinks that they are cheats you have demoralized the young guys who wanted to play cricket and after causing all this mess you are brave enough to play again, Every one has a right to get the second chance but you have given more then enough chances to clear the charges on you but you keep singing innocence song and now you don't see any way out you admited your crime very clever. NO CHANCE OF ANY KIND SHOULD BE GIVEN TO HIM AND HE SHOULD BE BANNED FOR LIFE.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    I hope they never let him come back again, Pakistan needs to rebuild a completely new look side. Get over these tainted and non-performing players.

  • POSTED BY 37c. on | June 29, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    As captain he should have been banned for life. His ego far exceeds his ability. This so-called apology is weak. What about the poor boy whose life and career he ruined? The cricket-loving public needs to keep the pressure on the PCB to ensure he stays out for life

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    TRUTH is TRUTH finally he admitted.pakistan lost one of their best three players but we got similar players at the end of 2012 in the form of junaid irfan and nasir jamshed.ITS the immense talent in asian countries that let their cricket never die.

  • POSTED BY wasim_007 on | June 29, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Oh My God...book this guys again telling the false statement in public..as he was in denial mood since he was captured in Spot Fixing. Everybody was convinced that he did that...why he was in denial so long. he should be handed Capital Punishment (Cricket Life Ban) he not be allowed to play any form of cricket. Does he know what harm he has done for Cricket and specially Pakistan Cricket...He is the responsible to push the Pakistani cricket in deepest point. He and whom so ever bat for rehabilitation should be banned from all form of Cricket that's all FULL STOP.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | June 29, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    This is an admission that has been a long time coming. It would have been better had he owned up at the time. By all means forgive the man but don't invite the fox back into the chicken coop.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | June 29, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Butt wasn't a good player anyway.

  • POSTED BY Saqib_Sheraz on | June 29, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    I don't think this guy has any regret, look at the picture. he is smiling not feeling guilty at all. sad for those people who were considering them innocents. God Bless Cricket, God Bless Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY CricketFan365 on | June 29, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    As a captain, as a senior player it was Butt's duty to show the right path to young Amir. Instead, Butt dragged him into this mess. He should never be forgiven and his punishment should be increased for lying 3 years about it.

  • POSTED BY ARad on | June 29, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    What Butt did: Step 1: Claim innocence from the beginning. Step 2: Even after the court verdict, still claim innocence. Step 3: Wait for a while until someone offers a way back which involves admission of your crime. Step 4: Son't say you have done anything wrong but 'I admit the decision of the ICC tribunal'! Step 5: Ask for more: "Since I have only two years left of my ban, I request the ICC to allows me to play in domestic cricket." I like giving second chances but if Butt is allowed to take this route, every future player should be able to take a similar route and the joke will be on all of us.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    His return to cricket, of whatever level it might be, would be the darkest day in the entire history of cricket, not just Pakistan cricket.

    He did not "make a mistakes" as someone is suggesting. in words of the court, he was the "ring master" of an organized crime.

  • POSTED BY gr8-cricket on | June 29, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    He betrayed and disgraced his country and now he wants to come back. I absolutely agree with ICC and ACSU ban on him. Amir deserves a second chance but I do not think he will be as effective as when he was banned.

    Amir's punishment is a lesson for future youngsters. Don't do it folks. Wrong is wrong and you can never reverse it once you do it.

  • POSTED BY agent001 on | June 29, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    A cheat and corrupt player having disgraced his country and a lair now want back in. How will any player from his own country stand him or his company ? He deserves what he got and then some. Should have been given "life" ban.

  • POSTED BY Wacco on | June 29, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    I am sure we can only agree on this - even a thought of letting your country down for few bucks deserves stricter measures! Of course, its onto the country now.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    Saw some of the comments about him deserving a second chance.. Normally, I would agree too, people do deserve a second chance. But this apology and admitting that he did what he was accused of, comes at a stage where it can only reek of self-serving cynicism. You first try all means, shout from roof-tops that you were not guilty, that there was a conspiracy (in South Asia that's a very familiar bogey everyone uses, including politicians, when they get caught - its always a conspiracy), now you finally admit and say the charges were true.. As if we didn't know.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    This does seem to be a rather self-serving apology to give, never mind how late he has left it until he chose honesty - only after all avenues of appeal against sanctions had finally run out. Nevertheless, whilst I have nothing but contempt for what Butt did, I do hope that people give him a second chance when his ban ends. All decent people should believe that, when a person has served his punishment for a crime, he should be given the opportunity to demonstrate that he has learned from his mistakes. What Butt, Asif and Amir did was immensely disappointing for every cricket fan - but they should still be given the opportunity to make amends and to try and do some good for cricket.

  • POSTED BY aks1987 on | June 29, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    Mr Salman Butt may I ask what took you so long?

  • POSTED BY sharab_Kabab on | June 29, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Sure Mr. Butt, grapes are sour now since your 3 years of never ending innocence pleas were all rejected by honorable people and you finally finding backdoor entrance to the team again but you forget the fact you lead the team as a corrupt and dishonest man and you let down the country and your family. The gracious thing would be to keep away from the team as youngsters don't need your company or supervision and dignity would teach you that you had your chance and you gave up everything for a few dollars. But off course you probably never heard of words like pride and dignity in your gambling life...

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | June 29, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    To all those who think after he has done his 'time' that since he's been punished for his wrongdoing that he should be given a second chance. This is true up to the point of his initial cheating.

    However separate to that he has been lying, obfuscating and harming cricket continuously for the three years since his conviction. And it is for this continuous three years of lying that he should be further punished by extending his ban to the maximum and not allowing him back into the professional game ever. When you look at how much damage he did to players like Amir he should be held fully accountable for the extra influence that comes from his position as captain.

    Further to all that he has been sending out a message to other people who admire him that a good strategy in life is to lie and lie and lie unless and until you are left with no more lies to tell. A thoroughly despicable character that Pakistan cricket does not need.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | June 28, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    There are worse crimes than spot fixing. I think their bans were appropriate but I wouldn't hold their breath if I was them regarding international returns. What team with any integrity at any level would select them? I wouldn't and Pakistan would be doing a disservice to their reputation if they do select them in the future, perhaps with the exception of Amir.

  • POSTED BY Mohammad_Imran on | June 28, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    I don't understand this! Butt apologizes after 3 years of denial and his ban of 5 years will be same as Mohammad Amir, who apologized right away, even before the trial began.. This makes no sense!!!

    ICC can't make a distinction between a guy who apologized sincerely after committing the crime and a guy who makes a fake apology as a last resort so he can get a chance to play cricket again..

    ICC, please differentiate Mohammad Amir's apology from Salman Butt's by reducing the ban imposed on Mohammad Amir.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | June 28, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    Why so late Mr.Butt?.. I believe you were crying foul throughout the investigation bringing up all sorts of excuses. First of all this was not expected from you who is from a well off and educated family. I hope all accused never get to play international cricket again. There is far more better talent available in Pakistan ("If PCB discovers it properly").

  • POSTED BY Amarjitmadan on | June 28, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    It is a matter of regret when players resort to the extra buck not realising the damaging consequences. No matter , whether you are a player or in a position to do favours, when some one approaches you with invitations followed by girls and gifts,there should be a ? in your mind , why me and you may realise that no one spends such money without long term plans of extracting lot from you. I agree with the earlier opinions that they should not be allowed to play cricket again so that it serves as a deterrent for the upcoming players all over the world.

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | June 28, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    People who still argue that "we should not judge" and "these guys have suffered enough" are people who subconsciously do not think that the spot fixing was a serious issue. I for one strongly believe that their bans should not be reduced in any way. Pak fans feel they are supporting their players, while hilariously ignoring the fact that they are the ones most cheated by these guys.

  • POSTED BY cricfan65 on | June 28, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Wow ! This is one of the most pathetic and selfserving " apologies " that I have ever heard , almost in the same category as Armstrong's. Admitting guilt after 3 years of denial, when all else has failed and hoping for mercy shows a complete lack of remorse and speaks much of the kind of person Butt is. He should be shown no leniency whatsoever. However, he is hardly the first, or the last, sportsman to indulge in unbecoming behaviour and unfortunately our world is full of people like him. So, after he has served his ban, he should be allowed to resume his career and earn a living. I highly doubt he can make it into the national side again, though.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | June 28, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Ok so now he admits it. Why was he going gaga about being innocent so far. He never showed any remorse and is only admiting it now to make a comeback. And the Mohd Amir fans continue to feel sorry for him. He was dishonest. Period. Age or poor background should not be an excuse. There are millions of poor and young people who work honestly.

  • POSTED BY shillingsworth on | June 28, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    It's reassuring that most commenting here have no time for Butt's belated and self serving apology. The suggestion from some that the game he sought to destroy owes him another chance is absurd . Criminals released from prison rarely get the chance to resume their former careers - why should Butt be any different?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 28, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    absolutley agree with sohail mirza. what was butt and asif thinking that by denying that they were involved in spot fixing they will get away with it the time they wasted of the court etc now icc and acsu should get the big fish the people behind all the fixing. butt ,asif and aamir should never be alliwed to play international cricket again they should be made an example and should visit schools and cricket accadmies and give out talks against the conseqences of people getting involved in spot/ match fixing. as butt was the captain at that time he should be banned for life.

  • POSTED BY 214ty on | June 28, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    I think Amir should be given at least a two year suspension from his 5 years. He is very young and inexperience and may have been unconsciously drawn into match fixing. This young man is such a brilliant bowler and Pakistan should appreciate that its because of Amir England did not make a disaster of them in the 2010 series. PCB should do more.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    If Westfield can resume Club cricket after 3 then why on earth Amir not be allowed to return to Resume his career. ICC should be punished for being biased and doing injustice to such beautiful cricket bowling talent.I quote below as evidence of injustice.

    "As well as serving time in prison, Westfield was given a five-year suspension from the game, although he can play club cricket after three"

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    I am not sure why the people are sympathizing with either of the three. As I see the whole incident, it is simple treason against your own country. All three should be served with hardest punishment. About Aamir, people keep bring up his age factor. Let me ask all of you did his parents signed for his responsibilities? Was he making less money since he was young? If he is old enough to represent the national team, he is old enough to face the consequences. It should be lesson for everyone.I am not sure why the people are sympathizing with either of the three. As I see the whole incident, it is simple treason against your own country. All three should be served with hardest punishment. About Aamir, people keep bring up his age factor. Let me ask all of you did his parents signed for his responsibilities? was he making less money since he was young? If he is old enough to represent the national team, he is old enough to face the concequences. NO Mercy!

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    In life we all do mistakes and sometimes do wrong knowingly or unknowingly so should we be so harsh on our-self 2? I personally don't think its our right to try to end someone's carrier or be judge about it especially when the person insists of not repeating the same mistake , i believe off course they surely or anyone with similar case deserve a second chance and Amir has apologized and has been cooperating long since so why not welcome such attitude and icc role is to promote good cricket and good attitude but now its really not doing its job as everybody who admits his mistake should be dealt in a good ethos and icc should welcome them back in cricket.

  • POSTED BY rick333 on | June 28, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    The timing of his aplogy is no coincidence. He knows that there is only 2 years ban left and wants to get into domestic circuit and hence is issuing the concession and apology. This is manipulative move from him.

  • POSTED BY Jda123 on | June 28, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    He will never return to international cricket and doesn't deserve to... When a captain of a cricket team is condoning his team player to cheat they should be banned for life.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    To all those that are sympathising with this person who disgraced a whole nation, surely you cannot be serious. Had he admitted his guilt earlier, then maybe one should sympathise with him, but after he has exhausted all his attempts at coming back, then does he deserve any sympathy? Surely not.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | June 28, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    One of the most shameful moment in the history of the game was perpetrated by Salman Butt. We can now say this. Why he made everyone wait this long to be granted the ability to express this openly simply piles on the malevolence and selfishness that Butt has possessed from Day 1 of all this, and no doubt before it. Fans are right to question how far this goes. Butt should never be allowed on a cricket field again.

  • POSTED BY Ray24 on | June 28, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Trying to play the emotional card Mr. Butt. I hope he never plays for Pakistan again. Same for Asif - only Amir deserves a chance as he was too young, has admitted to the crime and has been out of controversy so far. ICC should set examples out of these match fixers.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    I still feel very sorry for Mohamed Amir. He's very young and a great talent. Shame that he's facing such a situation. In my opinion, Salman Butt shouldn't be allowed to make a comeback...

  • POSTED BY Night-Watchman on | June 28, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    To forgive is divine. Let him reform and get rehabilitated. Everyone deserves another chance.

  • POSTED BY Ahsan-cric-freak on | June 28, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    I hate him! He has ruined the integrity of Pakistan cricket. I will never forgive him. But sadly, its a rule that once he completes his ban,he will be allowed to resume his cricket. M.Amir should have been forgiven up till now. He must be allowed to resume international cricket. Amir has been fairly disciplined and he has shown ample regret on his wrongdoings in such teenage.

  • POSTED BY endofageofaquarius on | June 28, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Sorry, no sympathy for him whatsoever. He has shown himself of dispicable character in not owning up until he realized this was now the only possible way back. Neither this man nor Asif should ever play for Pakistan again. On the otherhand I hope leniency is shown towards Aamir.

  • POSTED BY Zeyad68 on | June 28, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Its too late Mr Salman now u shouldnt b allowed to play n afterall Pakistan now have a gud players at the top

  • POSTED BY Elijah_9 on | June 28, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    I glad Salman Butt apologizes although I'm a West Indian he was my hero as a Pakistani batsman. Although he bought the game to shame he deserve another chance to play international cricket again & his advice to players is helpful. He should of done that a long time ago though, u will play again Salman.

  • POSTED BY MFNadeem on | June 28, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Look at this guy!!! How much he disgraced himself, his country, and his team. Now when he sees only few more months to get another possible opportunity, he admits his guilt. PCB must make him an example for not only himself, but for spoiling the career of young Aamer. We don't want to see the likes of Butt again. Apology accepted, Mr. Butt. Thank you very much. You served in you capacity, and got the fame, money, and respect. Now don't dream of playing cricket again.

  • POSTED BY Kak-mal_Khan on | June 28, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    So M. Amir spoke the truth in his interview with Michael Atherton. Shame on Salman Butt for ruining the career of Pakistan most talented bowlers. As captain, Butt should have received life ban. Better still Amir's remaining ban should be imposed onto Salman Butt for his continued denial of the allegations againts him. I for one am disappointed that Butt is having 5-years suspended from his 10-year ban!

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 28, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Its quite appalling that he appears on tv shows to 'discuss' cricket and issue statements now and then and its even offensive to publish any of his statements on cricinfo. These three individuals have broken the back of Pakistan cricket. The should be made an example of. They shamed a country and its people, how come they live a free life and are not being jailed somewhere. Stepping back on a cricket field is out of the question. Apologize and disappear is the way forward.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | June 28, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Anyone else find this statement odious and insincere? The time has long passed, we need to move past Salman Butt, he should be nothing more than a footnote to Pakistan cricket from now on

  • POSTED BY saxonwarrior on | June 28, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Can't keep punishing people for mistakes. Once the time & punishment has been served he should be treated the same as any other player. Asif, however, appears to be an habitual offender with varying sorts of offences - let him rot.

  • POSTED BY Zee_1203 on | June 28, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Why people accept to say truth when there is nothing left to defend, for all those years you make cricket lowers fool, all those statements that you give to media I urged you go and read them. I know cricket brings bread for your daily need and domestic cricket is enough, there is no place in Pakistan team for guys like you, our team moral is already down and if we have the people like you then everyone know . . . Since Aamir accept it at very beginning and he is a good bowler I think PCB should stand firm that there is no place for spot fixer in Pakistan Team.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 28, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Butt and asif should be never allowed to play in international cricket. We dont need people like these who got a chance and destroyed their careers and they are bad example for other youngsters and bad stagma for pakistan as a whole. Pakistan need fresh players like sami aslam, anwar ali, junaid khan, etc. we have other great players who also need chance to play and make a career because they have families to and will not do any act like such. Mohammad amir should be allowed back because he was immature kid lead by these two pathetic fools for doing the no- ball.

  • POSTED BY cric_follower on | June 28, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Why were you in denial for 3 years then? He said he was being framed and blamed the establishment. Please DO NOT let this character and others back in the game.

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | June 28, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Either Butt was telling the truth before or he is telling the truth now. Which makes one of them to be a lie. As a consequence he should not be allowed to play cricket again. Amir on the other hand admitted his guilt from day one and apologized so he should be fast tracked back to the team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Clearly Butt should never play for Pakistan again, never mind precedent, let Pak make the precedent, show an example both to the people and the Icc that they mean business. I feel however, an exception should be made for the young bowler Amir given his age and naivety, family circumstances, a period of re education perhaps for him would be in order and not to admonish him completely. the others i'm sorry should have known better!

  • POSTED BY EdwinD on | June 28, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    What Butt did was pretty despicable and he let the game of cricket down hugely, as well as himself, the Pakistan team, etc. Having said that how far do you want to punish him? He served a long prison sentence, and has a ban to serve - once that's complete he should be allowed back into the game and allow him to earn a living - why should his family continue to be punished for his deeds?

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Caught red handed, then found guilty by the ICC, then by Southwark Crown Court; yet the guy has the nerve to continue to plead his innocence until now. Who did he think he was trying to fool? A shameless guy who should not be allowed to hold a cricket bat ever again.

  • POSTED BY SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on | June 28, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    After 3 Years he finally Admitted then why he was in denial in the last 3 years ?

  • POSTED BY Lach-Ferragh on | June 28, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    What a conniving individual. When he comes to realise that all the avenues have been exhausted for him to overturn the ban and the only way for his reinstatement and consideration is to cooperate by admitting his guilt, he admits his guilt. I hope the ICC and PCB do not fall for this and make certain he doesn't pollute the purity of cricket with his presence.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 28, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    But you stood firm for ages and akways denied your involvement in the case. Are you cheating cricket lovers now or you cheated them in England. Do you think an apology is enough man you should be sent into the jail for whole your life and your all assets which you made after coming in international cricket should be sealed. You were the captain and you were supposed to lead from the front this what you led. And after committing crime you kept on lie and denidenied your shameful act. Man you have done many crimes you shouldn't be apologized

  • POSTED BY John-Price on | June 28, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Butt has had five hearings about this, at all of which he lied ( an appeal against his initial suspension, the ICC hearing to try his case, a UK court appearance, a UK Court of Appeal hearing and the Court of Arbitration for Sport). What was he doing? Is he also apologizing for all the time and money of all of these bodies that he has wasted ?

    As for his international career, given his batting average of 30, he was more than lucky to play as much as he did. I can't see Pakistan needing him again.

  • POSTED BY PratUSA on | June 28, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Finally, after every attempt to successfully fool the world failed. Butt should never be allowed on cricket field again. This guy deserves nothing else. Only Amir has earned a chance to allowed to be back and next time he does something, it should be curtains to him as well.

  • POSTED BY jim66 on | June 28, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Its too late for Mr. Butt for accepting his wrong doings and apology. He has made a major crime and should under go trial in Pakistan as well and never be allowed to play

  • POSTED BY DaveS99 on | June 28, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Amir admitted his guilt immediately and pleaded guilty at his trial. Asif and Butt did not and both continued to protest their innocence and try to have their convictions and bans overturned. Only now that all routes have failed has Butt decided to admit his guilt. I hope he remains banned for the full 10 years. I hope that Amir comes back. Since his admission of guilt he has behaved very well. It would be good to set the example that confronting your misdeeds leads to good things. Asif and Butt have set an appalling example and their suspended bans should be upheld.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 28, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Too little too late, this guy should never be allowed to set foot in side a cricket ground again.

  • POSTED BY hamqad on | June 28, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Wow. Finally. This was long overdue. The fact that he tried to maintain his innocence for so long makes me not want to ever see him again on a cricket pitch, whether domestic or international. ICC should ban him for life.

  • POSTED BY shillingsworth on | June 28, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    He's lied to an ICC tribunal and committed perjury in a British court. It's taken him nearly 3 years to come clean. Why should the ICC make any concessions? As captain of the team and chief instigator, he was extremely lucky to escape a life ban.

  • POSTED BY emmersonne on | June 28, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    It will be interesting to see how this pans out. Rehabilitation implies that a person is being prepared for reintegration in society - in this case, cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    "Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha

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  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    "Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha

  • POSTED BY emmersonne on | June 28, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    It will be interesting to see how this pans out. Rehabilitation implies that a person is being prepared for reintegration in society - in this case, cricket.

  • POSTED BY shillingsworth on | June 28, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    He's lied to an ICC tribunal and committed perjury in a British court. It's taken him nearly 3 years to come clean. Why should the ICC make any concessions? As captain of the team and chief instigator, he was extremely lucky to escape a life ban.

  • POSTED BY hamqad on | June 28, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Wow. Finally. This was long overdue. The fact that he tried to maintain his innocence for so long makes me not want to ever see him again on a cricket pitch, whether domestic or international. ICC should ban him for life.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 28, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Too little too late, this guy should never be allowed to set foot in side a cricket ground again.

  • POSTED BY DaveS99 on | June 28, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Amir admitted his guilt immediately and pleaded guilty at his trial. Asif and Butt did not and both continued to protest their innocence and try to have their convictions and bans overturned. Only now that all routes have failed has Butt decided to admit his guilt. I hope he remains banned for the full 10 years. I hope that Amir comes back. Since his admission of guilt he has behaved very well. It would be good to set the example that confronting your misdeeds leads to good things. Asif and Butt have set an appalling example and their suspended bans should be upheld.

  • POSTED BY jim66 on | June 28, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Its too late for Mr. Butt for accepting his wrong doings and apology. He has made a major crime and should under go trial in Pakistan as well and never be allowed to play

  • POSTED BY PratUSA on | June 28, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Finally, after every attempt to successfully fool the world failed. Butt should never be allowed on cricket field again. This guy deserves nothing else. Only Amir has earned a chance to allowed to be back and next time he does something, it should be curtains to him as well.

  • POSTED BY John-Price on | June 28, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Butt has had five hearings about this, at all of which he lied ( an appeal against his initial suspension, the ICC hearing to try his case, a UK court appearance, a UK Court of Appeal hearing and the Court of Arbitration for Sport). What was he doing? Is he also apologizing for all the time and money of all of these bodies that he has wasted ?

    As for his international career, given his batting average of 30, he was more than lucky to play as much as he did. I can't see Pakistan needing him again.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 28, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    But you stood firm for ages and akways denied your involvement in the case. Are you cheating cricket lovers now or you cheated them in England. Do you think an apology is enough man you should be sent into the jail for whole your life and your all assets which you made after coming in international cricket should be sealed. You were the captain and you were supposed to lead from the front this what you led. And after committing crime you kept on lie and denidenied your shameful act. Man you have done many crimes you shouldn't be apologized