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Asif is willing to reveal all the details of the spot-fixing scandal in an attempt to reduce his suspension
Disgraced Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Asif has admitted to his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal that rocked the cricketing world to its very core after three years in order to resurrect his international career.
Asif, who was slapped with a seven-year ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC), delivered a public apology at the Karachi Press Club.
“I accept the punishment from the ICC tribunal in 2011,” Asif said. “I apologise for my actions that have brought disrespect to my beloved country, to the millions of fans in Pakistan and in the world. When I look back at the events of my career, I feel very sorry.
“I request all the players who want to represent their country that they must keep away from all sorts of corruption,” he added. “I am ready to help any player who wants to avoid such pitfalls. I will duly cooperate with the ICC, its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) and with the PCB, in fighting corruption in the game.”
Asif, who initially pleaded not guilty, spent six months in prison before being released.
He, along with former captain Salman Butt, also appealed against his ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, but lost.
By the time his suspension wears off, Asif will be 33, but in a last-ditch effort to reduce his suspension, the pace bowler is willing to undergo rehabilitation and explain what exactly happened back in 2010 to the ICC and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“I also want to make myself available for the rehab program to be conducted by the PCB through the support of the ICC,” he said. “I have suffered a lot because of my wrongdoings. Now on the Independence Day of my country, I promise that once my ban finishes I will try to repair the damage I have done. My family has also suffered so I want to start a new life with a hope that all the fans of the game accept me.
“I also request the ICC to allow me to play first-class cricket so that when my ban ends I am fit enough to represent my country.”