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PCB chief rules out leniency against Butt, Asif

PTI 14 Nov 2014, 11:12:08 AM IST

Karachi: The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan has ruled out any leniency for former Test captain Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif who are serving bans for spot fixing since 2010.

Shaharyar told reporters today in Lahore that while the PCB had started preparations for filing an appeal for banned pacer Aamir with the International Cricket Council (ICC), it had no such plans for Butt and Asif.

"The PCB is completing all legal formalities and will file an appeal with the ICC soon to get some relaxation for Aamir under the revised anti-corruption code of the ICC," said Shaharyar.

"But we have no plans to do the same for Butt and Asif at the moment. First they have to convince us they indeed repent for what they did and are ready to reform themselves," he added.

The trio was banned for spot fixing during the fourth Test against England at Lords in 2010 and later also served jail sentences in the United Kingdom for the same offence.

The three cricketers have been given minimum five-year bans by the anti-corruption tribunal of the ICC but while the ban for Butt and Aamir ends in August, 2015, the former also has been given a two-year suspended sentence.

"Aamir's case is different from those of Butt and Asif. These two have still not really accepted their guilt. We want them to do more to first convince us they are indeed reformed," said Shaharyar.

Under the revised code, a banned player can apply to the ICC ACU to allow him to resume playing domestic cricket before his ban ends.