Disgraced Pakistan bowler, Mohammed Aamer, accused former Captain and teammate Salman Butt, of luring him into the match-fixing scandal that shocked the cricketing world.
Aamer, along with Butt and Pakistan pace bowler, Mohammad Asif, were found guilty of corruption and receiving illegal money by a British court in November 2011.
Aamer, in his first interview since being released from prison, spoke exclusively to former England Captain, Mike Atherton, which was broadcast live on Sky Sports and translated from English to Urdu, said: “I’m so angry with Salman. He should have helped me instead of involving me in all this.”
The ICC, have also banned all three players from participating in any forms of cricket for a minimum of five years.
Reacting to what Aamer was saying, Salman Butt’s father, Zulfiqar, was outraged that Aamer was blaming his son for involving him in the match-fixing scandal, and accused him of lying in order to revive his own career.
Speaking exclusively to the AFP, Zulfiqar Butt, said: “Aamer on record said before the ICC tribunal that Butt did not ask him to bowl no-balls and then before the UK court last year he said the same, so was he lying then or now? I definitely think he is lying now.”
With Aamer being handed a five year ban from all sorts of cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it would rehabilitate him and consider re-selecting him, once his ban expires, much to the dismay of Butt’s father.
Zulfiqar Butt, also said that Aamer had increased the amount of pain and suffering he and his son’s family were going through. “Aamer’s latest interview suggests that he wants to revive his career and that’s why he is accusing my son. We have gone through hell and Aamer is trying to put more trouble on us” he said.
Salman Butt’s family has stated that his youngest son, born mere minutes after he was sentenced to prison, has been refused a British visa, which is needed if he is to visit his father.
Aamer now hopes that he will be able to continue his career when his ban is lifted, while Butt’s father, prays that the worse is over.