Pak’s Salman Butt Confesses to Spot-Fixing in 2010 Cricket Match

Salman Butt confesses to spot-fixing in the Pakistan-England test series in 2010.

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Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer before the 2010 match against England. (Photo: Reuters)

Tainted former Pakistan captain Salman Butt today signed a confession note admitting to his role in the spot-fixing scandal during the Pakistan versus England 2010 series.

Salman Butt, Mohammed Aamir and Mohammed Asif were banned for a minimum of five years for their part in bowling deliberate no-balls in return for money during an August 2010 Test against England at Lord’s.

The PCB had rejected Butt’s earlier interviews in media talking about his role in the scandal terming it as “a general confession”.

Butt had not specifically confessed to spot-fixing, so we gave him a statement to sign and he has specifically confessed to spot-fixing.
–Shaharyar Khan, Chief, Pakistan Cricket Board

The PCB supremo said that the statement has been forwarded to the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Butt’s misdeeds led to a jail term for him along with Aamir and Asif and their agent Mazhar Majeed in 2011.

In January, the ICC approved a revised anti-corruption code that allows the banned players to return to domestic cricket a few months before their bans expire.

That allowed Amir to return to domestic cricket in February this year, leading Butt to fight his case as well.

PCB Chief Khan had spoken about the board’s plan to plead Butt’s case with the ICC.

Pakistan cricket fans staging protest outside Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore in 2010.
Pakistan cricket fans staging protest outside Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore in 2010.

Their bans, which had induced support and protests from Pakistani cricket fans, expire on September 1 this year.

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