Pakistan's Butt to appeal ICC fixing ban
Sat, 30 Jun 2012 12:05p.m.
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt will appeal against a minimum five-year ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for spot-fixing and has called for an open retrial by a court in his own country.
The 27-year-old returned to Pakistan from the Britain last week after serving seven months of a two-and-a-half year jail sentence for his involvement in the 'cash for no-balls' scandal that engulfed Pakistan's tour of England in 2010.
"There is going to be a hearing in Switzerland against this five-year ban, and I am going to attend that," Butt told a news conference in his hometown of Lahore on Friday (June 29).
"All I will say is that I did not get justice in the trial. Many questions will be raised when people see this document. Many will wonder why weightage was not given to this evidence.
"I want the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take a look at it; I want the Pakistan Judicial system to review it and tell the people who was guilty."
Butt was found guilty of orchestrating the deliberate delivery of no-balls by Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif in the fourth Test at Lord's in return for money from their Pakistani agent, Mazhar Majeed.
All three cricketers were banned by the ICC in early 2011 and late last year a crown court in London sentenced them to jail for corruption and cheating.
Majeed pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to making corrupt payments at a pre-trial hearing and is still in jail.
Butt, who played 33 tests and 78 one day internationals before the scandal, denied asking Amir and Asif to bowl no balls.
"I have this document in which there are all the text messages of those people who planned everything that happened during the Lord's match, and then carried it out on the ground," Butt said.
"These are text messages that were exchanged between Mazhar Majeed and Mohammad Amir in which they planned what they were going to do. And they carried it out."
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1/07/2012 4:19:51 a.m.
To me Pakistan Cricket has moved on (rather successfully), do they want Salman Butt back in the fold? Unfortunately he is seen as tainted now regardless of what a court in Pakistan may decide. If he is let back into the fold then Pakistan cricket will be seen as corrupt. It does sound hard but looking at South African cricket, the sacrifice of Cronje by them helped restore credibility and I think Butt may have to be the looser in the same way here.
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