'Banned' Butt assures PCB of 'full cooperation' in rehab program

Islamabad, Aug 29 (ANI): Banned former Pakistani captain Salman Butt has said that he has assured the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of his full cooperation in any rehabilitation programme in a bid to get his minimum five-year ban for spot-fixing reduced.

According to the Daily Times, Butt, along with his two former Pakistani team-mates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir, was banned by the anti-corruption tribunal of the ICC in 2011 for their role in the spot-fixing scandal that erupted during Pakistan's tour to England in the fourth Test at Lord's in 2010.

The report further said that Butt, who was captain at that time, was given a 10-year ban by the ICC tribunal with five of them suspended sentence, while Asif got seven years (two of them suspended) and Aamir five years.

Following the trio's confession to their guilt and their pledging to make amends and cooperate with the ICC in their anti-corruption programme, Butt said that he has signed a letter of intent and other documents confirming that he is ready to rehabilitate himself and work with the ICC to create awareness about the pitfalls of corruption and fixing.

Stating that returning to cricket is his priority for which he is willing to follow all instructions of the PCB and the ICC, Butt further said that he is cooperating because he wants to get his ban reduced and play cricket again.

However, the left-handed former opener also said that even if he did not get a chance to play international cricket again, he would like to get a chance to play domestic cricket. (ANI)

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