Pakistan news August 19, 2013

Asif shares spot-fixing details with PCB

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Mohammad Asif, the former Pakistan fast bowler, has had a meeting with the PCB's vigilance and anti-corruption department to share information related to the spot-fixing saga. His first meeting with the PCB was the second major step towards his rehabilitation programme following his public confession last week to his part in spot-fixing during the Lords Test in 2010, vowing to make amends in order to revive his international career.

"I had my first session and will do more," Asif told reporters in Lahore after a two-and-half-hour meeting with the PCB. "Although it's a beginning, I am following the ICC directives for rehabilitation and will work further with the PCB. I have already apologised in public and today had given a formal written apology too."

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 the 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 PCB. The apology is not expected to have any immediate implications but Asif will have to undergo rehabilitation and present the whole truth to the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) and PCB.

"I am following the ICC programme and will share all sufficient information with the ICC," Asif said.

Asif was among three players involved in the spot-fixing scandal, along with the former captain Salman Butt and the fast bowler Mohammad Amir. Amir was given a five-year ban and Butt was slapped a 10-year (five year suspended) ban from any involvement in cricketing activities. The trio have apologised for their part with Amir having already completed his rehabilitation programme while Butt and Asif are set to go through the programme.

The PCB will substantiate the information shared by Asif during the meeting before chalking out a rehabilitation programme for him. "He met with the PCB chairman and the vigilance and anti-corruption unit," a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "It was a basic meeting after he voluntarily made a public apology and was here to share information ahead of his rehabilitation programme."

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

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  • CricketChat on August 19, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Whatever be the reasons behind his change of heart, Asif is doing the right thing by coming out and divulging all the gory details. This will help prepare the authorities and ICC to deal with similar situations in future and hopefully, prevent from happening. Once he comes out clean, I would like ICC to give him a chance at redemption. Many make mistakes, but only few have the courage and guts to admit and change for the better. I hope Asif bowls again one day, because he is one the best exponents of swing when on song.

  • a-khan74 on August 22, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Still there in back of my mind.i was a big fan of this guy wht his name?? but then and after till this moments i don't want him to see in action forever not even in domestic level...sorry u lost every thing.what a class and what a lost.

  • on August 20, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    How awesome Talent He is of Swing, if someone open door of cricket on him, He is exceptionally filled with talent of swing. he was trapped somehow Pakistan Bowling line specially in Tests need him badly .

  • hasib9 on August 20, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Another selfish act from a selfish person. He is not confessing because he became a better person; he is only confessing to lift the ban. He knows he won't make it into the national side but he wants to make money from BPL CPL etc.

  • rony1008 on August 20, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Good move by him. Not sure if this could help him in his desire to play professional cricket again, though. My main concern though is if PCB will do the right thing if any other names come up from Asif's confession. Going by their track record, I am not hopeful if PCB will disclose or punish any Cricket personalities are found to be involved.

  • aarifboy on August 20, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    I wonder why a magician like him would do something extra to get something extra.He had it all but lost it all.

  • TATTUs on August 20, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    A thing for which you are caught red handed and then proved guilty and then after 3 years you 'accept' that you have done it? Thats no confession.

  • on August 19, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    This was the last resort.

  • am5786 on August 19, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    See this is how long your spot fixing money can last just three years. Hope other players will learn a lesson from this. PCB should let them play in First Class so they can earn something for living. But I don't want to see them playing in Test again as everyone follows Test cricket as compare to First Class cricket which doesn't have international following.

  • on August 19, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    I think PCB carefully handle the case.

  • CricketChat on August 19, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Whatever be the reasons behind his change of heart, Asif is doing the right thing by coming out and divulging all the gory details. This will help prepare the authorities and ICC to deal with similar situations in future and hopefully, prevent from happening. Once he comes out clean, I would like ICC to give him a chance at redemption. Many make mistakes, but only few have the courage and guts to admit and change for the better. I hope Asif bowls again one day, because he is one the best exponents of swing when on song.

  • a-khan74 on August 22, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Still there in back of my mind.i was a big fan of this guy wht his name?? but then and after till this moments i don't want him to see in action forever not even in domestic level...sorry u lost every thing.what a class and what a lost.

  • on August 20, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    How awesome Talent He is of Swing, if someone open door of cricket on him, He is exceptionally filled with talent of swing. he was trapped somehow Pakistan Bowling line specially in Tests need him badly .

  • hasib9 on August 20, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Another selfish act from a selfish person. He is not confessing because he became a better person; he is only confessing to lift the ban. He knows he won't make it into the national side but he wants to make money from BPL CPL etc.

  • rony1008 on August 20, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Good move by him. Not sure if this could help him in his desire to play professional cricket again, though. My main concern though is if PCB will do the right thing if any other names come up from Asif's confession. Going by their track record, I am not hopeful if PCB will disclose or punish any Cricket personalities are found to be involved.

  • aarifboy on August 20, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    I wonder why a magician like him would do something extra to get something extra.He had it all but lost it all.

  • TATTUs on August 20, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    A thing for which you are caught red handed and then proved guilty and then after 3 years you 'accept' that you have done it? Thats no confession.

  • on August 19, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    This was the last resort.

  • am5786 on August 19, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    See this is how long your spot fixing money can last just three years. Hope other players will learn a lesson from this. PCB should let them play in First Class so they can earn something for living. But I don't want to see them playing in Test again as everyone follows Test cricket as compare to First Class cricket which doesn't have international following.

  • on August 19, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    I think PCB carefully handle the case.

  • on August 19, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Now that asif has tried everything he says this to try and play cricket again. he is a disgrace to pakistan.

  • Rizwan16 on August 19, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Ali Haider is right. Asif is merely looking at an opportunity to get a look-in once his ban is over. I don't want to sound too critical but his fans should have looked at his appearance. Last week in Karachi, Asif turned up as a rock star in a jazzy floral shirt, torn pair of jeans and sunglasses on his head (he didn't take off the shades even during the press conference). I mean did he even remotely look 'SORRY'? This guy and Salman Butt had been trying to fool the public into believing that the British justice system was wrong in sentencing them for their foul-play in 2010. Coming back to his devil-may-care attitude, it is obvious that Asif's script was written by someone else. He didn't look 'sorry' at all. Anyways, that's that!

  • on August 19, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    asif doesn't deserve anything. why didn't he come clean after being found guilty. He's only apologising now because he wants to play. why couldn't he have done all this earlier. this not the first mistake he's made.

  • cricket987 on August 19, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Mohammad asif has made the right move by coming forward and admitting his guilt and helping the PCB move towards the right step from match fixing. He is a great bowler with a big heart and i hope he makes his return to the international cricket scene. I hope the ICC in all terms excepts his apology and allow's him to play first class cricket as he will be a role model for future cricketers and kids to help prevent any future match fixing from this sport. His appearance in first class cricket will be a huge relief for him and his family and i hope the ICC forgives him and allows him to revive his cricket career!

  • cricket987 on August 19, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Mohammad asif has made the right move by coming forward and admitting his guilt and helping the PCB move towards the right step from match fixing. He is a great bowler with a big heart and i hope he makes his return to the international cricket scene. I hope the ICC in all terms excepts his apology and allow's him to play first class cricket as he will be a role model for future cricketers and kids to help prevent any future match fixing from this sport. His appearance in first class cricket will be a huge relief for him and his family and i hope the ICC forgives him and allows him to revive his cricket career!

  • on August 19, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    asif doesn't deserve anything. why didn't he come clean after being found guilty. He's only apologising now because he wants to play. why couldn't he have done all this earlier. this not the first mistake he's made.

  • Rizwan16 on August 19, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Ali Haider is right. Asif is merely looking at an opportunity to get a look-in once his ban is over. I don't want to sound too critical but his fans should have looked at his appearance. Last week in Karachi, Asif turned up as a rock star in a jazzy floral shirt, torn pair of jeans and sunglasses on his head (he didn't take off the shades even during the press conference). I mean did he even remotely look 'SORRY'? This guy and Salman Butt had been trying to fool the public into believing that the British justice system was wrong in sentencing them for their foul-play in 2010. Coming back to his devil-may-care attitude, it is obvious that Asif's script was written by someone else. He didn't look 'sorry' at all. Anyways, that's that!

  • on August 19, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Now that asif has tried everything he says this to try and play cricket again. he is a disgrace to pakistan.

  • on August 19, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    I think PCB carefully handle the case.

  • am5786 on August 19, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    See this is how long your spot fixing money can last just three years. Hope other players will learn a lesson from this. PCB should let them play in First Class so they can earn something for living. But I don't want to see them playing in Test again as everyone follows Test cricket as compare to First Class cricket which doesn't have international following.

  • on August 19, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    This was the last resort.

  • TATTUs on August 20, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    A thing for which you are caught red handed and then proved guilty and then after 3 years you 'accept' that you have done it? Thats no confession.

  • aarifboy on August 20, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    I wonder why a magician like him would do something extra to get something extra.He had it all but lost it all.

  • rony1008 on August 20, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Good move by him. Not sure if this could help him in his desire to play professional cricket again, though. My main concern though is if PCB will do the right thing if any other names come up from Asif's confession. Going by their track record, I am not hopeful if PCB will disclose or punish any Cricket personalities are found to be involved.