ICC urges Butt, Asif to share fixing information

Apr 24, 2013, 09:34 IST | AFP

ICC chief executive David Richardson yesterday urged disgraced Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif to accept their guilt and share information on fixing to start their rehabilitation

Former captain Butt, along with fast bowlers Asif and Mohammad Aamer, was banned by the International Cricket Council in 2011 after being found guilty of deliberately contriving no-balls in return for money in the Lord’s Test in England the previous year.

Butt received a 10-year ban, with five years suspended, and Asif was barred for seven years, with two suspended. Aamer was banned for five years — the minimum punishment in the ICC code.

All three along with their agent Mazhar Majeed were also jailed by an English court in 2011. The three players were released last year.

The Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last week rejected appeals from Butt and Asif. Aamer did not appeal after pleading guilty at his criminal trial.

Kaneria’s appeal against the ban is being heard in London.

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