I deserve to play for Pakistan again, says Mohammad Asif

"If we have served our punishments and we want to earn our livelihood legally from cricket, why should we be stopped?

“If we have served our punishments and we want to earn our livelihood legally from cricket, why should we be stopped?

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Disgraced Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Asif believes that he deserves to represent his country again once his ban is complete.

Asif, along with Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt, was slapped with a five-year ban after being indicted in a spot-fixing scandal during a Test match against England in 2010.

Asif lashed out at former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja after he questioned why everyone was so eager to see Amir return.

“I don’t know why some former players who are our seniors feel we shouldn’t be given a chance to resurrect our cricket careers and reform ourselves,” Asif told PTI. “Why not because we have admitted we made a grave mistake and committed a crime for which we have served our punishment. But at same we have also apologised for our actions and we want to reform ourselves.”

Asif also noted that many other players have been found guilty of corruption and are currently playing cricket.

“We are citizens of this society and if we have served our punishments and we want to earn our livelihood legally from cricket, why should we be stopped?” he said. “Most of them are now back into cricket in some capacity and this is their right. I know for a fact that after serving this ban and carrying this stigma for the last four years I would never indulge in such a thing again.”

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