Three years after Lord’s ‘no ball’ Test,Asif admits to fixing

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif publicly confessed to his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Published:August 15, 2013 1:43 am

Disgraced Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif publicly confessed on Wednesday to his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal during the Lord’s Test and tendered an unconditional apology to the countrymen for his actions.

Nearly three years after he was handed a seven-year ban by the ICC from any form of cricket,the 30-year-old fast bowler admitted to his guilt for the first time.

“I accept the punishment from the ICC tribunal in 2011. I apologise for my actions that have brought disrespect to my beloved country,to the millions of fans in Pakistan and in the world. When I look back at the events of my career,I feel very sorry,” Asif said during a press conference at the Karachi Press Club. Asif along with pace partner Mohammad Aamir and then-captain Salman Butt were banned by the ICC for agreeing to bowl deliberate no-balls in return for money during the Lord’s Test against England in 2010.

An anti-corruption tribunal of the ICC banned Butt for 10 years with five suspended,Asif for seven years with two suspended and Aamir for five years.

“I request all the players who want to represent their country that they must keep away from all sorts of corruption,” Asif said. “I am ready to help any player who wants to avoid such pitfalls. I will duly cooperate with the ICC,its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) and with the PCB,in fighting corruption in the game,” he added.

Asif also said that he was ready to undertake PCB’s rehabilitation programme. “I also want to make myself available for the rehab program to be conducted by the PCB through the support of the ICC,” he said.

“I have suffered a lot because of my wrongdoings. Now on the Independence Day of my country,I promise that once my ban finishes I will try to repair the damage I have done. My family has also suffered so I want to start a new life with a hope that all the fans of the game accept me,” Asif said.

Controversies are not new to Asif as his career was first derailed in 2006 when he and Shoaib Akhtar tested positive for banned steroids. The duo later got a reprieve from the a tribunal appointed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) but Asif failed another dope test during the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008,resulted in a one-year ban.

While returning from India following his positive test in 2008 IPL,Asif was detained at the Dubai airport after a banned substance was found in his possession. Asif hoped to get another chance to play first class cricket and salvage his career. “I don’t know what the future holds for me honestly. I am ready to serve my ban but I would be grateful to Allah if I am given a chance to play first class cricket again and salvage some of my career,” he said. “I know it is my own doing and I regret all that happened I just want to now make amends and repair the damage,” Asif added.

ICC charge Kent player

English cricketer Darren Stevens revealed Wednesday he is one of two people charged by the International Cricket Council for failing to report a corrupt approach made to them during this year’s Bangladesh Premier League.

In the latest scandal to hit cricket,the ICC said Tuesday that nine individuals have been charged in relation to an alleged conspiracy within the Dhaka Gladiators franchise,seven with fixing-related offenses and two with failing to comply with their obligation to report corrupt approaches that were made to them.

The ICC didn’t disclose the identities of those charged,but Stevens went public with his involvement in the case in a statement released on his behalf by his English county side,Kent.

“I confirm that I have been charged by the ICC with a failure to report a corrupt approach made to me during BPL2 in February this year,” Stevens said.

“I have not been involved in any corrupt activity and have not been charged with any and I am cooperating with the ICC and ACSU (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit) in their investigation and prosecution of the corruption charges in matters relating to the BPL.”

Stevens added that he is “totally against any corruption in cricket and would never do anything other than perform to the best of my ability in any game.” While the seven charged with fixing-related offense have been provisionally suspended by the ICC and are barred from participating in all cricket activities,Stevens and the other individual are free to continue playing until the results of disciplinary proceedings are known.

“I remain willing and able to play for Kent in all fixtures if selected,” said the 37-year-old allrounder,who has never played for England in any form of cricket.

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