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Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Asif expressed regret over his tainted past, but insisted that he is “not going to die of hunger” as a result of it.
Asif was banned for five years for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal that shocked the cricketing world.
Left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt, who was Pakistan’s captain at the time, were also given five year bans.
Asif conceded that he would have achieved a lot if he hadn’t gotten involved in the fixing scandal, but added that “I am still somewhere with whatever I have done”.
“Yes, I could have ended up with a different standing without the controversies, but I am still somewhere with whatever I have done,” Asif told ESPNcricinfo. “Yes, I should have behaved better off the field. That is where I had issues. But I didn’t die of hunger then and I’m not going to die of hunger now either.”
Since being banned Asif has never played for Pakistan again, but he did make a domestic comeback.
His last domestic match was for the Water and Power Development Authority in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in November 2018.