Pakistan news April 12, 2014

Butt asks PCB to work on his rehab too

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Salman Butt, the banned former Pakistan captain, is hopeful PCB chairman Najam Sethi will "do for other players" what he is doing for Mohammad Amir, who is also serving a ban for spot-fixing.

Sethi had stated on several occasions previously that he is looking into getting the terms of Amir's five-year ban reduced by the ICC, so that he can revive his international career at the earliest. The ICC is set to implement an amended anti-corruption code from June, which might facilitate a quicker return to cricket for players serving long-term bans.

"I wish what he [Sethi] is doing for Amir, he does for other players too," Butt said on Saturday. "Pakistan needs Amir, and the other players."

In September last year, the PCB had sought advice from the Queen's Counsel in England, with regards to getting Amir's ban reduced. While under the old corruption code there is no provision for the ICC to reduce a ban, it is understood that the PCB was then looking to ensure Amir could at least use its training facilities ahead of schedule so he can be ready to make a comeback as soon his ban ends.

Butt said he had met the PCB several times to see what it could do for him in terms of rehabilitation, but was yet to receive any positive response. "I have been to the cricket board at least 10-15 times, and have met Colonel Azam of anti-corruption, and have asked him to start my rehabilitation lectures. It has to be organised by the PCB.

"I am available 24-7. I come to the ground every day, and as long as I am fit I am ready to play. Whatever things ICC judges have told me about rehabilitation, it's completed from my end. Whatever now PCB says I am ready."

Butt said he just wanted to be treated the same way as Amir. "It's good that the chairman is making efforts to revive the international career of Mohammad Amir, but he should also do it for others. When the ban is up, everyone should get an equal opportunity. I am not demanding anything extra."

In February 2011, Amir, 21, was one of the three banned by the ICC, along with Butt (29) and Mohammad Asif (31), after being found guilty of spot-fixing during Pakistan's Lord's Test against England in August 2010. Amir was the only one to plead guilty to the charges in the trial that followed at London's Southwark Crown Court.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • on May 5, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    No no no. Mr. Butt. Pak don't need you or Asif. You have already done a lot damages for pak cricket. We had the biggest and greatest bowler in the world and you destroyed his carrier.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on April 16, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    "Pakistan needs Amir, and the other players." ..........WRONG...pakistan and world cricket does NOT need like of you Mr Butt & Asif !! we don't want to see you ever again on the field of cricket. why? because you two fought tooth & nail and denied (plainly lied) about your wrong doing until there was no other court who could hear it! so for someone who does not recognise he has done millions of people and his country's honour wrong does NOT deserve a 2nd chance.

    just go away.....

    pls print this comment.

  • on April 15, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    i do agree with Salman butt. they all should be given 2nd chance.. we all are doing such in every walk of life. .so these are our talents and triumph cards.. we should help them getting out of this dark age.

  • anfaal547 on April 15, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    i think much has been said and done on these trio ... in my opinion they should be given another chance , yes they did a mistake but they are our player and if we wont support them who will else do that. i hope cricket board will consider salman butt as well.

  • Cricket_Only on April 14, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Posted by SulT29 on (April 13, 2014, 13:15 GMT) All countries have given their players second chances. Why the hell pakistan shouldn't. If pakistani's do not learn to treat themselves right. No one else will and that's exactly what's happening. Sick of defending ourselves as peace loving and honest country and players. If these three have served their bans then all of them should be given a chance on merit. Stop crucifying your own players. Every country has bad moments and only we tend to keep these alive.

  • on April 14, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    I'm completely agree with Saba

  • on April 14, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    @saba saeed sheikh ... like you've never a made single mistake in your life ... i guess you just dont get cricket or life...

  • dabbadubba on April 14, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    i think salman butt should be brought back into the team soon.. he speaks good english, so he can project the views of the pak team nicely to the outside world during the press conferences

  • vrn59 on April 14, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Throw them all out... such people have to be treated ruthlessly to clean the game

  • on April 14, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Re-impose ban to life time, set example for rest of the young blood.....

  • on May 5, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    No no no. Mr. Butt. Pak don't need you or Asif. You have already done a lot damages for pak cricket. We had the biggest and greatest bowler in the world and you destroyed his carrier.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on April 16, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    "Pakistan needs Amir, and the other players." ..........WRONG...pakistan and world cricket does NOT need like of you Mr Butt & Asif !! we don't want to see you ever again on the field of cricket. why? because you two fought tooth & nail and denied (plainly lied) about your wrong doing until there was no other court who could hear it! so for someone who does not recognise he has done millions of people and his country's honour wrong does NOT deserve a 2nd chance.

    just go away.....

    pls print this comment.

  • on April 15, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    i do agree with Salman butt. they all should be given 2nd chance.. we all are doing such in every walk of life. .so these are our talents and triumph cards.. we should help them getting out of this dark age.

  • anfaal547 on April 15, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    i think much has been said and done on these trio ... in my opinion they should be given another chance , yes they did a mistake but they are our player and if we wont support them who will else do that. i hope cricket board will consider salman butt as well.

  • Cricket_Only on April 14, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Posted by SulT29 on (April 13, 2014, 13:15 GMT) All countries have given their players second chances. Why the hell pakistan shouldn't. If pakistani's do not learn to treat themselves right. No one else will and that's exactly what's happening. Sick of defending ourselves as peace loving and honest country and players. If these three have served their bans then all of them should be given a chance on merit. Stop crucifying your own players. Every country has bad moments and only we tend to keep these alive.

  • on April 14, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    I'm completely agree with Saba

  • on April 14, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    @saba saeed sheikh ... like you've never a made single mistake in your life ... i guess you just dont get cricket or life...

  • dabbadubba on April 14, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    i think salman butt should be brought back into the team soon.. he speaks good english, so he can project the views of the pak team nicely to the outside world during the press conferences

  • vrn59 on April 14, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Throw them all out... such people have to be treated ruthlessly to clean the game

  • on April 14, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Re-impose ban to life time, set example for rest of the young blood.....

  • on April 14, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    None of the trio deserves a second chance. Not even Amir. Much has been made of his age, but a 17 year old is fully aware of the difference between honesty and dishonesty. He got his chance and blew it. I'm sure there are other deserving teenagers out there, more honest and loyal than amir, waiting for their chance to break into the team. Give them a chance.

  • on April 13, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    why are people so hung up on getting these traitors back in the team. Please move on and give honest kids a chance. Forget about them they should have done better with there lives..

  • Taimor-016 on April 13, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    I don't understand why people are comparing Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan. Makes no sense whatsoever. The fact is both are simply excellent in their own ways.

  • SlogSw33p on April 13, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    @Mohammad Ali And Junaid Khan has been bowling on flat pitches in UAE and India while AMir was bowling in Australia and England.

  • on April 13, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    One and only Aamir should be given a chance bcoz he pleaded guilty before all of them

  • on April 13, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    the code will change for all not for amir alone. naham sehti can do nothing extra for butt.

    and i think all these changes are for using facilities and domestic return not for international return?

    comeback depends on selection. i dont see butt coming back to playing 11. only amir can make it back as he has age by his side.

  • SulT29 on April 13, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    All countries have given their players second chances. Why the hell pakistan shouldn't. If pakistani's do not learn to treat themselves right. No one else will and that's exactly what's happening. Sick of defending ourselves as peace loving and honest country and players. If these three have served their bans then all of them should be given a chance on merit. Stop crucifying your own players. Every country has bad moments and only we tend to keep these alive.

  • Mohammad-Ali on April 13, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Well, Amir was a good bowler indeed and could have been better then Junaid Khan. But as of the moment - Junaid Khan is far more better than Amir. Just look at Junaid's Strike Rate 29.2 (He is on 1st in the list of Best Strike Rates by a Pakistani Bowler) and average of 24.37 is more than reasonable. Anyway, let's see what will happen to the Batsmen when they both bowl in a match.

  • on April 13, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    None of them deserve a second chance. Rather than shortening their ban, I would make all their bans lifetime bans.

  • J751 on April 13, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    All three deserve to be treated equally and none of them deserves a comeback.

  • on April 13, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    I wish , I could see , aamir and Asif back , their combo is remind me of two Ws , and Amir , Asif , Junaid and Irfan can steal the 2015 Worldcup , Australian Pitches are heaven for Fast bowlers

  • on April 13, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    I totally agree with shahnoor and other people with love for country and the sport will agree to him too. Let them be good for themselves. They made a choice let them live with it. The decision they made has nothing to do with age and immaturity.

  • on April 13, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    Junaid khan isn't even half as good as amir.. I wish to see amir back into the side along with Muhammad Irfan.. Only then Pakistani pace attack can be considered the best once again

  • shahnoor-haque on April 13, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Being a Pakistani I don't want to see either of these in Pakistani team.We should to create an example for our youngsters rather than bringing these players.

  • on April 13, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    Butt will never come back, Asif might, Amir will. Amir will not be the same bowler anymore, because expectations of him are now would be of the degree of skill level he would have developed by now with exposure on the international stage. It is a complex situation, but he will not be the same. I want attention paid to Junaid Khan, he is no less than amir, only the noise is missing.

  • Taimor-016 on April 13, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    I simply wish to see Mohammad Amir back in international cricket rather than Salman Butt or Mohammad Asif.

  • avmd on April 12, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    While I'm dying to see Amir back on the cricket field, the young and naive kid has paid more than enough penalty for his crime but I don't want to see Butt back in cricket filed. He was the captain and a mature man and I will never forgive him earning a bad name for the country and the game.

  • fzsTrio on April 12, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    It is about time that Aamir should allow to play international cricket. He is suffered a lot. Please the world wants to see him in action again. I am pretty sure that Aamir has learned a lesson. Please pardon him. I prayed for him when I briefly met him in Sheraton Hotel Karachi, and I still pray for him.

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  • fzsTrio on April 12, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    It is about time that Aamir should allow to play international cricket. He is suffered a lot. Please the world wants to see him in action again. I am pretty sure that Aamir has learned a lesson. Please pardon him. I prayed for him when I briefly met him in Sheraton Hotel Karachi, and I still pray for him.

  • avmd on April 12, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    While I'm dying to see Amir back on the cricket field, the young and naive kid has paid more than enough penalty for his crime but I don't want to see Butt back in cricket filed. He was the captain and a mature man and I will never forgive him earning a bad name for the country and the game.

  • Taimor-016 on April 13, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    I simply wish to see Mohammad Amir back in international cricket rather than Salman Butt or Mohammad Asif.

  • on April 13, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    Butt will never come back, Asif might, Amir will. Amir will not be the same bowler anymore, because expectations of him are now would be of the degree of skill level he would have developed by now with exposure on the international stage. It is a complex situation, but he will not be the same. I want attention paid to Junaid Khan, he is no less than amir, only the noise is missing.

  • shahnoor-haque on April 13, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Being a Pakistani I don't want to see either of these in Pakistani team.We should to create an example for our youngsters rather than bringing these players.

  • on April 13, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    Junaid khan isn't even half as good as amir.. I wish to see amir back into the side along with Muhammad Irfan.. Only then Pakistani pace attack can be considered the best once again

  • on April 13, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    I totally agree with shahnoor and other people with love for country and the sport will agree to him too. Let them be good for themselves. They made a choice let them live with it. The decision they made has nothing to do with age and immaturity.

  • on April 13, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    I wish , I could see , aamir and Asif back , their combo is remind me of two Ws , and Amir , Asif , Junaid and Irfan can steal the 2015 Worldcup , Australian Pitches are heaven for Fast bowlers

  • J751 on April 13, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    All three deserve to be treated equally and none of them deserves a comeback.

  • on April 13, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    None of them deserve a second chance. Rather than shortening their ban, I would make all their bans lifetime bans.