ICC's ban on Mohommad Asif and Salman Butt expires
Pakistan’s disgraced duo Mohommad Asif and Salman Butt are once again free to pursue their cricketing careers, following five years of prohibition. The duo were banned for five years after they were found guilty of delivering fixed no-balls during a Test match against England, as part of a spot-fixing scandal.
Following the entire saga (which was unearthed by English news paper News Of The World), Asif, Aamir and Salman Butt were debarred from playing cricket and even had to do jail-time. Mohommad Amir, who was arguably the fiercest young bowler at the time, was allowed to play cricket again six months earlier.
However, prospects of returning to Pakistan’s national squad seem dim at the moment, especially for Asif and Butt. For one, the two have been out of action for a long time and age will definitely play a part in hampering their comeback. Mohommad Asif is 32 years old whereas Salman Butt is 30 years old.
Mohommad Amir had been the first to admit his guilt and complicity in the act, followed much later by Mohommad Asif and Salman Butt. At the time of the ban, Salman Butt was leading the Pakistan cricket team as the captain, whose mantle was subsequently assumed by Misbah-ul-Haq.
The pre-planned no-balls were delivered by Mohommad Asif and Mohommad Amir during the fourth Test against England at Lords in August 2010.
Salman Butt admitted his mistakes and stated that he had pondered a lot about his future and was desperate to redeem himself through impressive comeback performances.
“I have been through five very testing years and they made me think and ponder over a lot of things, my life, my goals and my family. Today I am clear I want to redeem myself in the eyes of the Pakistani people and cricket world,” Butt said.
“I know there will be difficulties in our comeback trail but I am ready to face that. I am ready to apologize again and I am ready to try to convince everyone I will not repeat what I did in the past,” Butt said.