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Asif is determined to revive his international career
Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Asif has announced that he is “following the ICC directives for rehabilitation” after meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for two and a half hours to discuss the details of the 2010 match-fixing scandal he was involved in.
Asif publicly admitted to taking part in the match-fixing scandal that rocked the cricketing world to its core and vowed to do whatever it takes to revive his international career.
“I had my first session and will do more,” Asif told reporters in the Pakistani city of Lahore. “Although it’s a beginning, I am following the ICC directives for rehabilitation and will work further with the PCB. I have already apologised in public and today had given a formal written apology too.”
The 30-year-old pace bowler was found guilty of deliberately bowling a no-ball during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010 and as a result, the International Cricket Council (ICC) slapped him with a seven-year ban, two years of which are suspended on the grounds that he does not breach of the Code of Conduct.
“I am following the ICC programme and will share all sufficient information with the ICC,” Asif said.
However, Asif was not the only culprit to be indicted in the match-fixing scandal as former captain Salman Butt and young fast bowler Mohammad Amir were both found guilty as well.
All three players have apologised for their crimes, but Amir is the only one to have completed his rehabilitation programme.
According to reports, the PCB will listen to all the details of the match-fixing scandal before deciding upon an appropriate rehabilitation programme for Asif.
“He met with the PCB chairman and the vigilance and anti-corruption unit,” a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. “It was a basic meeting after he voluntarily made a public apology and was here to share information ahead of his rehabilitation programme.”