Pakistan news August 14, 2013

Asif confesses to spot-fixing


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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  • Yasir on August 19, 2013, 23:49 GMT

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

  • Salman 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???

  • Salman 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.

  • I 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.

  • Murta on August 16, 2013, 9:20 GMT

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

  • Athar on August 15, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Keep him away from honest cricketers!!

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2013, 20:11 GMT

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

  • Saad 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.

  • Colin 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.

  • Zohaib 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.

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