Pakistan news August 14, 2013

Asif confesses to spot-fixing

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Mohammad Asif, the former Pakistan fast bowler, has publicly confessed to his part in spot-fixing during the Lord's Test in 2010 and hopes to make amends in order to revive his international career. He delivered an unconditional apology at the Karachi Press Club on Wednesday, nearly three years after he was handed a seven-year ban from participating in any form of cricket.

"I accept the punishment from the ICC tribunal in 2011," Asif said at a press conference. "I apologise for my actions that have brought disrespect to my beloved country, to the millions of fans in Pakistan and in the world. When I look back at the events of my career, I feel very sorry.

"I request all the players who want to represent their country that they must keep away from all sorts of corruption," he added. "I am ready to help any player who wants to avoid such pitfalls. I will duly cooperate with the ICC, its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) and with the PCB, in fighting corruption in the game."

In April, Asif and his former captain Salman Butt, who was handed a five-year ban and another five years suspension from all cricket by the ICC, lost their appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the suspensions to be reduced. Dave Richardson, the ICC's chief executive, called on them to admit their wrongdoing and cooperate with the ICC's ACSU following which Butt had apologised in June.

Asif, who was found guilty of bowling a deliberate no-ball, will be 33 by the time the minimum of five years from his ban are complete and will work through the final two years under suspension, on condition that he commits no further breach of the Code of Conduct throughout that period and participates in an anti-corruption education programme under the Pakistan Cricket Board. The apology is not expected to have any immediate implications but Asif will have to undergo rehabilitation and present the whole truth to the ACSU and PCB.

"I also want to make myself available for the rehab program to be conducted by the PCB through the support of the ICC," he said, "I have suffered a lot because of my wrongdoings. Now on the Independence Day of my country, I promise that once my ban finishes I will try to repair the damage I have done. My family has also suffered so I want to start a new life with a hope that all the fans of the game accept me."

"I also request the ICC to allow me to play first-class cricket so that when my ban ends I am fit enough to represent my country."

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

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  • POSTED BY swingstowin on | August 19, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    well as one republic once said 'its too late to apologize,its too late...'

  • POSTED BY salman_0902 on | August 19, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    O Asif what have you done again....... you said you are innocent and shouldn't be punished. you said you are innocent you should be allowed to play Now you say you D I D it and should be a l l o w e d to play? my God what to believe???

  • POSTED BY salman_0902 on | August 19, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    sohaibahmad on (August 14, 2013, 11:27 GMT) So it means if someone commits a theft and is jailed, can never be rehabilitated?

    Yes he can be rehabilitated but he wont be made ambassador to represent the country.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | August 16, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    @kris_mg I'm glad we're not alone in thinking this. Our team has continued to have highs and lows, but they are not a caretaker squad waiting for the return of these 3 players. I don't care for much T20 cricket, but I think it would have been wonderful had Pakistan gone all the way and won the last World T20, if for no other reason than as a symbolic moment to solidify the team in peoples' minds, one that has moved past these fixers and shown that they don't need them. We still don't, and 3-0 vs England should have shown that. I'd rather see the team try and fail with Junaid and Irfan than saunter to success with Asif and Amir.

  • POSTED BY MurtaMac on | August 16, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    This guy is trouble! The further he stays away from Pakistan Cricket the better!!

  • POSTED BY CrazyforcricketIII on | August 15, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Keep him away from honest cricketers!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    he should have accepted it earlier. could have been more damage control.

  • POSTED BY SaadRocx on | August 15, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Bring Amir Back..we need a good fast bowler at Test level and Amir might be the solution of Pak fast bowling problems.

  • POSTED BY Jaffa79 on | August 15, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    3 years too late. Confession when it is convenient. He is a liar and a cheat. Sport forgives cheats too easily and Pakistani cricket has recovered from this controversy with great resolve and honour; what they don't need is to kick out one of their promising young talents from the team for someone who has disgraced his country. If he comes back it sends all the wrong messages.

  • POSTED BY Z.Saleem on | August 15, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    although I loved his bowling, I don't think he will ever learn from his mistakes as he said the same thing after being caught positive in using nendrolone (banned substance) and then infamous drug case where he was jailed in the UAE, but he still didn't learn and got involved in fixing, he should be banned for life, only then he will learn. IF you see his press conference there is no reason to believe that he has learned from his mistakes, its like he is just reading out the words! Asif is a disgrace to this great cricketing nation.

  • POSTED BY swingstowin on | August 19, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    well as one republic once said 'its too late to apologize,its too late...'

  • POSTED BY salman_0902 on | August 19, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    O Asif what have you done again....... you said you are innocent and shouldn't be punished. you said you are innocent you should be allowed to play Now you say you D I D it and should be a l l o w e d to play? my God what to believe???

  • POSTED BY salman_0902 on | August 19, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    sohaibahmad on (August 14, 2013, 11:27 GMT) So it means if someone commits a theft and is jailed, can never be rehabilitated?

    Yes he can be rehabilitated but he wont be made ambassador to represent the country.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | August 16, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    @kris_mg I'm glad we're not alone in thinking this. Our team has continued to have highs and lows, but they are not a caretaker squad waiting for the return of these 3 players. I don't care for much T20 cricket, but I think it would have been wonderful had Pakistan gone all the way and won the last World T20, if for no other reason than as a symbolic moment to solidify the team in peoples' minds, one that has moved past these fixers and shown that they don't need them. We still don't, and 3-0 vs England should have shown that. I'd rather see the team try and fail with Junaid and Irfan than saunter to success with Asif and Amir.

  • POSTED BY MurtaMac on | August 16, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    This guy is trouble! The further he stays away from Pakistan Cricket the better!!

  • POSTED BY CrazyforcricketIII on | August 15, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Keep him away from honest cricketers!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    he should have accepted it earlier. could have been more damage control.

  • POSTED BY SaadRocx on | August 15, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Bring Amir Back..we need a good fast bowler at Test level and Amir might be the solution of Pak fast bowling problems.

  • POSTED BY Jaffa79 on | August 15, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    3 years too late. Confession when it is convenient. He is a liar and a cheat. Sport forgives cheats too easily and Pakistani cricket has recovered from this controversy with great resolve and honour; what they don't need is to kick out one of their promising young talents from the team for someone who has disgraced his country. If he comes back it sends all the wrong messages.

  • POSTED BY Z.Saleem on | August 15, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    although I loved his bowling, I don't think he will ever learn from his mistakes as he said the same thing after being caught positive in using nendrolone (banned substance) and then infamous drug case where he was jailed in the UAE, but he still didn't learn and got involved in fixing, he should be banned for life, only then he will learn. IF you see his press conference there is no reason to believe that he has learned from his mistakes, its like he is just reading out the words! Asif is a disgrace to this great cricketing nation.

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | August 15, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    To all the fans who are posting their comments, do you guys really think that every players is an angel in this sport. The one who got caught are either unlucky or less smart. Either Lance Armastrong in cycling or Asif in Cricket they are all same. Armstrong was unlucky and Asif was not smart enough. He was a a very good bowler like Mcrath and even better than Anderson as he can make the ball talks on every wicket. But when he got caught he didn't step up to defend Aamir and that makes me unhappy. When Cronje got caught he took the blame solely on himself but in Asif and Salman case they got selfish towards their youger fellow. With Aamir, Asif, Junaid, Irfan and Ajmal and Rehman Pak bowling could become one of the best in a long time but I wouldn't like to give Asif another chance just because his selfishness.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | August 15, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Glad that he finally came out to admit his offense, the first step in healing and rehabilitation process. If he keeps straight from now on, there is a chance his ban will be reduced by a year or two. Even if he can't make it to national team, he can at least play some first class cricket before retirement.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 15, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Only person who should be given a chance, is Muhammad Aamer. Both Asif and Salman should be kept away from game of cricket for the rest of their lives to teach others a lesson.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Amir is widely respected because he confessed at earlier stage of case against him.....Asif and Butt apologies after three years of the incident which means they cannot see any other option now.

  • POSTED BY Sautrik on | August 15, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    the kind of bowling attack pakistan has nowadays, this guy wouldn't even make the bench if he returned.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Shouldn't a perjury charge from the British courts follow such a confession?

  • POSTED BY Pyketts on | August 15, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    So he expects to be forgiven after years of denying and pleading innocence.

    Cricket does not need him so why allow him(or any of the others) back playing.

    Some comments on here from people saying how he should be allowed to play, you should hang your heads in shame.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Send him back to serious debt's, Take back all the money which we have given them with our Tax money.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | August 15, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    The question we need to consider is this; after taking three years and exhausting all appeals while maligning everyone from unnamed enemies to the British legal system, imagine Butt and Asif were successful in getting their bans overturned. Does anyone think that they'd have come clean anyway at a later date?

    What made the actions even more reprehensible is that Amir had fessed up straight away, they could have learned from the youngster they coerced into their brotherhood of greed.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | August 15, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    By apologising to the harm they have caused to their beloved country and their supporters, Butt and Asif have completely and utterly missed the whole point about how their pathetic attempts to spot fix, harms all cricket lovers not just Pakistanis, it's not just about pride.

    These sorts of shenanigans go far beyond a few fixed no balls, they erode the very trust that the sport loving public has in the understanding that we are seeing genuine pathos and drama on the sport field. Imagine the moment when Flintoff consoled Brett Lee at the end of that Test. Now imagine if years later we find out that Kasprowicz threw the match.

    Butt's and Asif's actions chip away at everything that makes cricket great to watch and we need to stamp out this egregious self serving behaviour for the good of the game. Life bans for the lot of them.

  • POSTED BY muxa on | August 15, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    @izcricketwriter: totally agree with you and i was thinking the same thing his apology may be to return to cricket after 5 year ban he might be innocent his no ball was not far ( as compared to aamir"s no ball which was a foot away from crease)from the crease

  • POSTED BY Dhushan on | August 15, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Oh really Mr. Mohammad Asif? Like we already didn't know. So what else is new?

  • POSTED BY kfpaulson on | August 15, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Appreciate Asif's brave confession where others were keep on denying any involvement.PCB must accept his apology and consider him for selection depending on his fitness. Paulson

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | August 15, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Not sure how genuine the apology is. Sounds forced. Same as Salman Butt's. And Mohammad Amir's for that matter. I always thought Asif was the most obviously guilty, then Amir, then Butt the least. The question has to be asked though: is this a genuine apology? Or could he still be innocent?

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | August 15, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    3 of them set ablaze to their wonderful careers!!! Remember, they were not just frustrated cricketers then. Salman Butt was at the helm of affairs, leading a country in his respective discipline and emerging as one of the most respected opening batsmen ever played for his country, Asif one of their main strike bowlers and a go to man in crisis (despite being controversial right from the start of his career) and Amir the talk of the town. Now, except for the latter, none holds any chance of coming back to what they were. Rightly so, as Amir did the right thing in confessing than messing it up further.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    why now? why continuously said that they are innocent. they tried each and every possible forum for it. and when nothing happen now both butt and asif say they are sorry.

    I dont think there should be any permission to play domestic.

    about 2nd chances etc. Yes i do think that they should get 2nd chance only after the full sentence. not before that. and after serving full bans if they are stilll good and fit and prove themselves then yes.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | August 15, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    He should certainly be allowed to be an ambassador for how corruption is not worth the humiliation nor the loss of self respect. His credibility will be much enhanced as an orator by giving him a lifetime ban.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    A Mistake? This is completely outrageous. You do not make a mistake when you knowingly cheat millions. When you are a role model. When you represent your country.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    why would he think that he will still represent Pakistan specially after his disgraceful actions which resulted in Pakistan's disrespect in whole world. I think any corrupt player should be banned for life and should never be allowed to play the beautiful game again.

  • POSTED BY skilebow on | August 15, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @Fawad Butt - It not the mistake that is the real problem here. It's the 3 years of lies, denials and claims of a conspiracy, when he knew he was guilty all along. Its amasing that the 19 year old lad was the only one man enough to admit his mistake and I hope he is the only one we see on a cricket field again.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | August 15, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Fitness is a another major issue for Asif, being a genuine fast bowler, its not easy to get back to same rhythm at 33+ when he returns......

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | August 15, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    No need. To keep the game clean , we need to prevent such culprits from game.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | August 15, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Asif and Amir wasted away their career by narrow minding, not digesting early success...!

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    They have made mistakes, who doesnot in thir lives? we should bot be judging them. Let Allah Judge them. They should be given another chance. They have talent, they just need guidance...

  • POSTED BY Cricket_theBestGame on | August 15, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    "I also request the ICC to allow me to play first-class cricket so that when my ban ends I am fit enough to represent my country."

    this the sole reason he and butt apologised ! both are unrepentant and sorry for their actions. they went through every avenue to have the ban turned while fully knowing that they did the crime. i and many others have no sympathy for such people. i hope pcb takes a stand and while legally they can play in domestic, i hope for the love the game and the country, they are never ever picked in the national side..ever ! if they sincere and truly want people to forgive them then just walk away from cricket. say sorry and move on. don't get the country in headlines every time you come in cricket news !

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    He said he was innocent when he thought it was to his advantage. Now he thinks it is more to his advantage to admit his guilt, he does so. It makes him look worse, as he is now admitting that he has been lying for years. So maybe he should be punished for lying.

  • POSTED BY Digitalbouncer on | August 15, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    say nooooooooooooo to match fixers, No doubt about his talent but let's have clean cricket.A strong message need to be given to the world that there is no room for corrupt players.

  • POSTED BY bijuphilip on | August 15, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    I am an Indian,I picked muhammd asif is the best bolwer ever along with wasim akram . but he destroyed his life,ma be seized all his wealth as of now and let him play again then we don't miss his bolwig biju

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    He and Butt only admitted because of pressure from ICC. if they had courage they should have admitted it when they were caught or at-least when trial finished. instead they kept on and on trying to fool. although Asif was really a great bowler but i really hope they dont get picked.

  • POSTED BY Reggaecricket on | August 15, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    What is sad is that we only know of incidents that have now been proven, they can now show remorse, but the results of those games cannot be revered. The millions of fans who were cheated into believing that their favorite Cricketers gave their best to the game and the country, does not change. Rahul Dravid was spot on when he said that these should be made criminal offenses. Fixing of any nature should carry a life ban. When you represent your country, you are old enough to want to love and respect the game. 18 year olds march of to war, age or economic status should never be an excuse. I hope we never see Asif, Amir, Butt and others play international cricket again. Some might think that is a harsh wish, but how else do we stop corruption?

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    Well it does not matter how much talented you are but when you are playing with the stake of the country you should not be allowed to play. This is ridiculous that you make money with corruption and then do a public apology before denying publicly the allegation. Rules are same for all players once you are in this sort of corruption you should not be allowed to come back and represent the country. Money or respect or money with respect choice is always in hand of personals what they are looking for. Lets other people to have lesson of life not to do these activities and disgrace the name of country and spirit of game. I think he should not be allowed to play again and ICC need to pick all other who are destroying game in the name of money.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 14, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    millions are waiting to replace them...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 14, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Plz don't let this man enter the cricket world,, shame for all cricket fans!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    Well there is no doubt about their abilities as new ball bowlers. We have lost two tests to Mohammad Asif, just we lost due his single handed bowling effort, and one of the tests Pakistan were 39/6 in the first innings from where Kamran Akmal and Asif won the test for them. Asif,Aamir,Ajmal, Gul, what an attack it would have been, just from a cricketing point of view

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    I have no sympathy for Asif or Butt as they continued to lie and pretended they were innocent until they had no choice but to admit their crime. Both these men are dishonest and even though it is very sad both for them individually as well as Pakistan cricket they should never be allowed to play for Pakistan ever again. I also have very little sympathy for Aamir but at least he admitted his crime and did not mislead the fans and the authorities. For me even Aamir should not represent Pakistan again as banning all three cricketers for life is the best deterrent for cricketers of the future throughout the world. Cricketers would know that if they get involved in match fixing they could end up in prison and their career completely ruined.

  • POSTED BY FourthStump on | August 14, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    Asif denied his fixing claiming he was innocent, then when found guilty he appealed, then he was found guilty again. Now him and his lawyers have run out of option so out of the goodness of his heart he has now admitted it to try and con everyone into letting him back into cricket. The fact is that Pakistan and cricket as a whole is better off without match fixers regardless of how good they bowl or bat.

    I think Mohammed Amir is a different case. He was coerced and has been upfront from the start. He should be given leeway and used as a role model to prevent fixing particularly in Asia.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 14, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    Let him play again

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    I am a big fan of Pakistan cricket and share the sentiments with most who posted their comments about the talent these two have and yes they could have been top notch bowlers of the cricketing world. As far as Asif is concerned, too little too late. When nothing else worked lets try the apology angle and see if it works. Sorry buddy, I don't think your apology is genuine. We don't need people like you in cricket. My heart goes out for the 17 year old who got tangled up with guys like Asif and Butt and if there is a second chance to be given this talented young man could use one. I hope he comes back to bowl the way he did and I get to watch him again. Good luck Amir..

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    if he is lucky he might be able to play for a level below club cricket after serving. i don't think pakistan team will want his name associated with him again if they have any self respect

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    all of a sudden han... second person to fully recover from amnesia after salman butt :)) . but the cure was provided by law and not the doctors in both occassions

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | August 14, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    sorry man ,its too late now. you are now realizing your big mistake after almost three years. why ???. any new trick ???. what more you want to disgrace your Country , your family members( only ,if they think like us ) , your ex-fans not only in Pakistan but also all over the world.you have been given many chances before , but not to be given any more, i am afraid.along with amir , your were really a very talented bowler , God gifted, but you wasted all the potentials ,GOD had given to you, just for the sake of few pound , dollars or rupees.you don't realize , what you had done to your Country,along with mr butt and amir.so ,you better stay away from cricket , better , concentrate on farming.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    This is stupid and meaningless - its not an apology when its goal is to get privileges restored to use official facilities and play first class cricket again. This is a comeback ploy. Don't give them permission to play 1st class cricket before the 5 years are over.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Shameful person is coming out accepting everything when Najam Sethi gave them a window on getting selected. Pakistan has so much cricketing talent that we don't need any of the 3 shameful cricketers. Asif and Aamer were superb but to hell with any talent who shames the country and the sport which many love.

  • POSTED BY Real_Champs on | August 14, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    I feel really sad for him,, but its all ASIF'S mistake I still remember Imran said he is natural swing bowler even better than Mc grath but not Morally.. Amir deserves 2nd chance But ASIF you had it when you get away from Doping and also the Dubai Drug scandle.. so I cant say you deserve a come back But I m not even gona say you dont deserve a chance From a Pakistani FAN

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | August 14, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    I still remember he clean bowled VVS laxman thru the gap again and again with peach of delivery. His delivery was same for outswing and inswing. Awsome to watch in swinging conditions. he killed himself with greed. He could have accepted early might have escaped with 3 year punishment.

  • POSTED BY lala_fan on | August 14, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    he was a great bowler indeed but i would prefer watching an average team losing but giving it all trying to win till the last moment then to feel doubt after every game that these 'magicians' lost. i cant forget the feeling of disgust after we lost that sydney test in 2010

  • POSTED BY Triple_A on | August 14, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Wow, disgusting tactics by Asif and Butt. Now that there is no court that will hear their FAKE claims of innocence, they apologize meekly and think that they can ask for reduction in sentence and prance back into the team!! They wasted so many resources and put the Pakistan team and the country under so much stress. I hope that PCB stands strong and removes any remote possibility of either Asif or Butt ever playing a domestic match. Took them three years...three years to "show their grief over the situation"...disgusting

  • POSTED BY harrdstone on | August 14, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    I agree with those who say everybody deserves a second chance. But merely admitting after loosing at all forums is not enough. They must tell the whole truth also. All the details should be made public so that other black sheep are also identified.And i salute British judicial system for bringing them to justice.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 14, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    M. Asif nd M. Aamir were two of blessed with natural talent. Talent dat not every individual has. Having played cricket myself throughout my life, i can easily say none of da bowlers in da Pakistani setup, whether it be from domestic or from da Pakistani team as well, inculding Junaid Khan nd M. Irfan hav da class of Aamir nd Asif, nor do they come even close to dat. These two guys were simply genius with da ball, just like Wasim nd Waqar. Seriously, it hurts when i see Anderson bowling da way he does nd acknowledging the fact dat he has got da skill after watching Asif bowl. These two could hav easily rocked the cricketing world. None of the presenet bowling attacks would hav challenged their skills. Whatever they hav done, being a passionate cricketer myself, i wud love to see both these guys sharing the new bowl again nd delivering their best.

  • POSTED BY kris_mg on | August 14, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    @irishwolfhound.. totally agree with you there mate.. As divine a talent Asif was, what kind of message we would be sending to not just those who stepped up in the time of need but also to the future generation of kids growing up if we were to call Asif back.. No No No.. I still remember the pain i felt when i heard the news first time that they dragged Amir down with them and now after 3 years of constantly denying their guilt, now he comes out! Nope.. Just go away!

  • POSTED BY Whatsgoinoffoutthere on | August 14, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    So he now admits that not only did he commit the offence but also lied when denying it through so many appeals. How does this make it any better? He also has a track record in repeat offences of one sort or another. Best not invited back. With this history, I just don't trust anything that comes out of his mouth as anything other than Mohammad Asif acting in the best interests of Mohammad Asif alone. Pakistan, see if you can save the youngster, but the other two? No thanks.

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | August 14, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Mohammad Asif's bowling was... Unbelievable. He was a genius. Wasim said he was the only bowler who could swing the ball in and out with the same wrist position. I miss watching him bowl

    I remember his comeback series vs NZ in 2009... 3 matches, 6 innings: 4 wickets, 4 wickets, 4 wickets, 4 wickets, 5 wickets, 2 wickets.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | August 14, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    I'm really split here, two very good bowlers caught up in this that I'd like to see playing again. But, I just don't think there is any other message to send than if you do this you'll never get picked to play again. Your career will be buried. The integrity of an entire sport can be brought into disrepute so your career is over. Sorry lads but some actions have dire consequences.

  • POSTED BY ThyrSaadam on | August 14, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    There are some kind of mistakes that you make you get scarred for life, and the punishment is just. By allowing him to come back it will give hope for other match fixers. He should not be allowed to come back.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    A great bowler and a terrible mistake that ruined his wonderful career. But he came to the fore and apologised to the ruling body and more importantly his supporters.....it will be an agonising wait for him and no doubt the Pakistan's selectors would see his talent in the future to benefit them......

  • POSTED BY sidgupta on | August 14, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    It is shameful that Asif and his family continued to rant about his innocence for 3 years.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    What you did was close to unforgiveable, Asif. But life, like sport, is about redemption and second chances. And nobody deserves a second chance more than Mohammad Asif, the most talented and exciting fast bowler to emerge in the last two decades, alongside Dale Steyn.

    Let's condemn him for his past, and embrace his future.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Everybody deserves a second chance.

  • POSTED BY kalyanbk on | August 14, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    It would have been better if the confession included further details of what really happened so that the ACSU can get to the root of the people involved and allegations of fixing by these players prior to the oval. Still this will hopefully silence the conspiracy theorists.

  • POSTED BY MZub on | August 14, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    There is no coming back for Asif or Butt. Nothing but lies for 3 years.

  • POSTED BY PratUSA on | August 14, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    There is no way he should be allowed to play any cricket (even club level) or have anything to with cricket till he serves his ban. Confessing now after no options had left to try and hide the wrongdoings and after the confession of other two players involved means very little. Only Amir deserves a second chance to try and be selected for Pakistan (after serving his ban). It would be a shame if either Asif or Butt ever play for Pakistan again.

  • POSTED BY Harleen.k on | August 14, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Where are all those Pakistani fans who were trying to destroy the integrity of those who exposed Salman, Asif and Amir ? Where are all the conspiracy theories fabricators ?

  • POSTED BY rogues13 on | August 14, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Asif and Salman have not directly said in their statement that they Did the crime they are accused of. they have said, they accept the punishment, (don't think it matters if they accept or not), they are sorry for their actions. Thats it. It never says They actually DID the FIXING!!!! And they are already asking for the bans to be reduced!!! Atleast they should try to show some decency if they are sorry.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 14, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    asif and butt should remain away from all types of cricket. they were not accepting there wrong doings until they exhausted all avenues to prove innocent knowing that they committed crime. They put down countries name and they should be punished by pakistan courts as well

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | August 14, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Lol...I was waiting for this day..My wait is finally over.Was it that difficult to spill out the truth in the beginning of the case?Was it a good thing to get humiliated in front of whole world & confess only after all that humiliation?Not only did he ruin his own reputation,he also made fun of his own country.Shame on you Asif & Butt..You both deserve to be banned for life from Cricket.As a Pakistani,today i am so ashamed of myself.People like Asif & Butt should never be allowed to play again..

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 14, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    None of them deserve another chance. Pakistan is blessed with tons of Talent. I m sure we will find much better then any one of them.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    I see a lot of comments here saying he should be forgiven and taken back. For what purpose? What message is that sending out? That all will be forgiven once you have apologized? That too years later when he had no other options left. Where is the deterrent in that? In any other other job would the same person be given the same responsibility after he cheats his employers. This guy cheated his nation, the game, and above all, the fans who spend their time and money supporting this game.If we take a lax attitude towards these things one day we will lose that fan who is the life blood of any sport. I am all for second chances, but let him serve his punishment and earn it back. By then if its too late, tough luck.

  • POSTED BY SachisKing on | August 14, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    We should forgive and forget and give him another chance. Everyone makes mistakes and he has accepted that he did. Great bowler and an Indian fan saying that.

  • POSTED BY kylethecricketer on | August 14, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    What a waste of talent.. One moment of greed completely destroyed his career.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | August 14, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Are we really going to turn back to these players now? It would be a massive injustice to those who have stepped up to the plate to fill the void. While they might not have had the god-given talent, what does this say to the players that stepped up? Where would we be without Misbah ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema? These are the players who filled the void at a moment's notice after our team was hacked apart. It's time we got past it all. Harsh as it seems, I don't want to see Amir, Asif or Butt in the team or playing cricket ever again.

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | August 14, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    He was once called a fast bowler as good as Glen Mcgrath, what a waste, he harmed his own nation more than he harmed anything else, still I think everyone deserves a second chance, dont you?

  • POSTED BY anniyan18 on | August 14, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Asif and Aamir what a waste of tremendous god given talents!!I'm from India ,we have serious dearth of genuine fast bowlers and it is gutting to see such talent wasted!! I have no questions that Aamir will be more lethal than Wasim Akram and I still hope he will be top-notch bowler after he makes his come back. Anyway this should set an example on how not to play cricket for young budding talents around the world!

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | August 14, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    That's a clean sweep. All have confessed, but it's taken Butt & Asif quite a long time to do so. A lot of expense, a lot of time, a lot of unnecessary publicity which dragged the game they profess to love so much through mountains of mud could have been saved if they'd held their hands up, as, to be fair, Aamir did from the time he was taken into custody. Lying big comes so easily to some, it seems. Do we think any better of Asif & Butt? Decidedly not. Is Aamir in a different category? There is a case to be made for that, but he will forever walk this earth as a man who gave in to temptation (possibly with some encouragement) & betrayed his country's sporting reputation for a crock of gold. That is a tragedy. Personally, I hope he is taken back into the fold when his ban is spent. I think I might keep him away from dodgy t20 comps though.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Now he needs to apologize for lying to the public for 3 years. He also needs to apologize to those fans who were insisting all along that these men were innocent and were being "set up" by outside forces.

  • POSTED BY AmericanWay on | August 14, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    "Greed is permanent slavery - Love of this world is the head of all sinful acts" - Prophet Mohammad

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    I dont think these apologies should cut any weight. They have been denying it all the time and when they have no other option but mercy; they want to apologise and be forgiven. No way. They could be forgiven for fixing but they should never be forgiven for denying it till they have no choice or option.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 14, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    He knew it was wrong still did it. How can you trust he will not do again???

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | August 14, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Too little too late in my book, how can you trust someone that has spot fixed god knows how many games.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Finally. It's about time.

  • POSTED BY sanjum27 on | August 14, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Too little! too late. He tried to pull the wool over everyone's eyes till there was no option left for him while he was guilty as hell.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    accepting his mistake NOW proves his moral shallowness. He is bringing more shame to himself and to his country. Resorting to apologies after all the escape doors are closed. He should be banned for life along with salman butt.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    the guy below.... As-ifs or Butt's ...... oh the puns

  • POSTED BY Kak-mal_Khan on | August 14, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Asif you really shot yourself in the foot, correction shot yourself in the feet, both feet! You could have been legend after W.Akram. You above anything had the best mental approach as a fast bowler, you intimidated the batsmen, they really feared you man. Not because you had express pace but boy you could make the ball talk the talk. I bet batsmen around the world were glad to see the back of you when you got banned, I know I would have been. Recently James Anderson attributed his recent success to watching M. Asif had bowled during the series against England, I want our players to realise how much this crushes a fan, when opposition bowler can take heart from something that the Pak players have taken for granted. He, Anderson will now probably go on to surpass all Pakistan highest wicket takers, whilst Pak shamed players sit with their head in their hands wondering what could have been.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | August 14, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    I dont think that M.Asif & Salman Butt deserve any debate or discussion at all. There is enough talent in the country that if you give enought opportunity to Sadaf, Rahat, Asad etc you will surely find more players like Junaid & Irfan. Period.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    These guys will never feel for what they have done to their country and to the sport. At the insistence of someone else, these public confessions take place. They have to be banned for life from playing any sort of cricket, having brought the game into disrepute.

  • POSTED BY DrTchock on | August 14, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    "He and Salman Butt should be banned for life.............period , there should be no ifs and buts........"

    Did you just say there should be no Asifs and Butts?! Haha, that made me chuckle. :)

  • POSTED BY Harlequin. on | August 14, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    @Muhammad Khan on (August 14, 2013, 11:45 GMT) - don't you mean 'no Asifs and Butts?!'

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Too many Asifs and Butts...

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    He was one of the guy who had natural swing but just ruined himself for money. I guess its too late now!

  • POSTED BY Tom_Bowler on | August 14, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Asif was a wonderful bowler, a proper magician. A real shame he threw it all away.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    He and Salman Butt should be banned for life.............period , there should be no ifs and buts........

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 14, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    He was one of the best medium-pacers I have ever seen, but what's talent without character? He shpwed by claiming his innocence for 3 years that he had no remorse for his actions, he just wanted to try and get away with it. When that failed, suddenly he's sorry for what he did? Give me a break.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    You should serve the punishment if you do the crime. It don't take 3 years to own up to your mistakes. Amir deserves to play again as he owned up straight away.

  • POSTED BY sohaibahmad on | August 14, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    So it means if someone commits a theft and is jailed, can never be rehabilitated?

  • POSTED BY VSDADV on | August 14, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    What a coincidence! Please read the apology statements issued by salman butt. It is exactly the same what Asif is telling now. Word to word! Wonder who wrote these for them! Anyway good luck guys!

  • POSTED BY Vindaliew on | August 14, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    At this stage, it would have been better for Butt and Asif to continue to insist on their innocence and at least retain the few fans who still gave them the benefit of the doubt, than to publicly confess that they not only engaged in spot-fixing, but played a lying game with the public and their fans for the last three years simply because they thought they could get away with it.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 14, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    punishment is of 5 years. it should be obeyed. asif n butt tried level best to lie and run away. but thanks to pcb and icc. They have to set examples for youngsters

  • POSTED BY Chaudry_Cricket on | August 14, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    What a utter utter joke RIDICULOUS !!!!! First of all they embarras us by spot fixing then they play were the innconent card for 3 years then finally admit they were guilty and then expect to play INTERNATIONAL CRICKET AGAIN!!!!! I seriously hope the (incompentent) pcb take a stand and do not let them play even domestic cricket. Why do our player's have such a mentality what is wrong with pakistan cricket????????.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | August 14, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    What a shame!!! No use trying to play again cause he will be out of the system by the time he tries to revive his failed career. Anyway there is always plenty of new bowling talent in Pakistan - its a pity cause here was one guy who could have spearheaded the pace for Pak after Akhtar The one good thing that could come out is that it will deter young bowlers.

  • POSTED BY skilebow on | August 14, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    A confession so late in the day when you have done so much damage and have exhausted all your other options is NO confession at all. Such a pathetic, self-serving individual

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 14, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    please don't play again.

  • POSTED BY AF2199 on | August 14, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Should we laugh now? He should be banned for life along with Salman Butt

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 14, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    He should not be allowed to play again. Only remorse he has is for himself! Fixers must be banned

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    he should have confessed it earlier, but it never too late, atleast he confessed

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | August 14, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Sounds easy, confess and get away!! why wont he with so many T20 leagues its easy to get back to playing on and off the field.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 14, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Pakistan got a good bowling attack .Pakistan don't need to spend money and time again for these 2 butt and Asif.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    shame shame shame, this is not a confession that he wanted to do. He confessed because there were no other option left for him. The other two has alreday confessed, nothing emerged from his legal efforts. Doors were always closing in on him. This is how they repay after what PCB invests in them.

    Shameful act.

  • POSTED BY DaveS99 on | August 14, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Just like Salman Butt he refuses to confess for 3 years until it is clear that his other options to appeal have failed and then decides to confess. I admire Amir for confessing immediately and hope he comes back but not Butt and Asif as they denied what they did for 3 years. They need to be held up as an example and Amir should be held up as an example of what happens if you admit you errors as soon as you can.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    I do not know whether the individual or the system is to be blamed for such debacles. On a simple note , the players will have no temptation to yield to such unscruplous methods , if they are paid reasonably well . In any case , international cricket has lost players like Asif and Amir .

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | August 14, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    The liar, Took him three years to open up? And wants to revive his career? What a joke. Lifetime ban for him, I feel. He was not impressionable as people say about Amir.

  • POSTED BY Anwar-Lara on | August 14, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Disgraceful,should never play again for PAKISTAN.

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  • POSTED BY Anwar-Lara on | August 14, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Disgraceful,should never play again for PAKISTAN.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | August 14, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    The liar, Took him three years to open up? And wants to revive his career? What a joke. Lifetime ban for him, I feel. He was not impressionable as people say about Amir.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    I do not know whether the individual or the system is to be blamed for such debacles. On a simple note , the players will have no temptation to yield to such unscruplous methods , if they are paid reasonably well . In any case , international cricket has lost players like Asif and Amir .

  • POSTED BY DaveS99 on | August 14, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Just like Salman Butt he refuses to confess for 3 years until it is clear that his other options to appeal have failed and then decides to confess. I admire Amir for confessing immediately and hope he comes back but not Butt and Asif as they denied what they did for 3 years. They need to be held up as an example and Amir should be held up as an example of what happens if you admit you errors as soon as you can.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    shame shame shame, this is not a confession that he wanted to do. He confessed because there were no other option left for him. The other two has alreday confessed, nothing emerged from his legal efforts. Doors were always closing in on him. This is how they repay after what PCB invests in them.

    Shameful act.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 14, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Pakistan got a good bowling attack .Pakistan don't need to spend money and time again for these 2 butt and Asif.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | August 14, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Sounds easy, confess and get away!! why wont he with so many T20 leagues its easy to get back to playing on and off the field.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    he should have confessed it earlier, but it never too late, atleast he confessed

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 14, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    He should not be allowed to play again. Only remorse he has is for himself! Fixers must be banned

  • POSTED BY AF2199 on | August 14, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Should we laugh now? He should be banned for life along with Salman Butt