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In order to help them revive their international careers, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has announced that Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif have to come clean about their role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal that shocked the cricketing world.
According to the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption code, which was recently amended, players that are banned now have the chance to start playing domestic cricket a short while before their ban is over. However, in order to do this, they must meet certain requirements.
According to ICC chairman Narayanaswani Srinivasan, one of the requirements is “the level of remorse shown by the player, his/her cooperation with the ACSU’s education programme and/or if the player has helped the ACSU by disclosing all information that, in turn, has helped it to enforce the Anti-Corruption Code in respect of others engaged in corruption conduct”.
Even though Khan knows Butt personally, the PCB chairman still wants the disgraced captain to issue a heartfelt apology to the world.
Khan also noted that the PCB are already in discussions with the ICC about allowing Mohammad Amir to start playing domestic cricket before his ban is lifted in August 2015.
“We are writing to the ICC for leniency [for Amir] after assessing all the factors involved – legal, cricketing, precedence – in his case,” Khan said. “We are hoping to get a relaxation in his ban but this is a long process and dispatching a letter to ICC doesn’t mean that he will start playing next week. It takes time.
“But, on a different note, such discretion is not for Butt and Asif presently because they are yet to satisfy us as they are yet to fulfill various conditions against their ban. First of all they have to come clean with an open heart and convince us and show us their intentions. So at the moment we are pursuing Amir’s case [only].
“I know him [Butt] personally and he is not coming with an open heart. His statement was brief and unsatisfactory and he has to show more than this. Seems like he hasn’t accepted his mistake in his heart and whatever he is saying we don’t trust, and ICC and their anti-corruption unit will also not be convinced.”