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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."