Sydney, Apr 24 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) chief has said that former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and teammate Mohammad Asif should apologise for spot-fixing.
Both Butt and Asif were found guilty of arranging to bowl no-balls for betting scams during an August 2010 Test at Lord's, following which Butt lost his appeal recently in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to reduce a 10-year ban while Asif failed to overturn a seven-year suspension, News.com.au reports.
The report also said that they will be serving five years with the remainder suspended.
According to ICC CEO David Richardson, the guilt of Butt and Asif has been established on three separate occasions, in three separate sets of proceedings and in three separate forums, adding that the time has come for them to stop misleading the members of the public and publicly accept their parts in this corrupt conspiracy.
Urging them to 'come clean' with ICC anti-corruption officials, Richardson further said that he is certain that both the players have information that can help the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of the ICC and its ongoing fight against corruption in cricket.
Richardson also said that the CAS ruling justifies the ICC's anti-corruption campaign, adding that few unscrupulous individuals who, for unlawful financial rewards, choose to engage in corrupt practices, pose the single biggest threat to the viability and strength of cricket. (ANI)