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Disgraced Butt admits to fixing, apologises to nation

Updated Jun 29, 2013 05:27pm


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Salman Butt, banned for 10 years by the International Cricket Council, gestures during a news conference in Lahore on Friday, June 28, 2013. – AP Photo
Salman Butt, banned for 10 years by the International Cricket Council, gestures during a news conference in Lahore on Friday, June 28, 2013. – AP Photo
Salman Butt offers evening prayers after a news conference in Lahore on Friday, June 28, 2013. – AP Photo
Salman Butt offers evening prayers after a news conference in Lahore on Friday, June 28, 2013. – AP Photo

LAHORE: Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt has for the first time publicly admitted to and apologised for spot-fixing, two years after he was found guilty of the offence.

Butt, along with fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, was banned from the sport by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2011 after being found guilty of deliberately contriving no-balls in return for money during the Lord's Test against England in 2010.

The trio and their agent Mazhar Majeed were released last year after being jailed by an English court in 2011.

“I apologise to the nation and all the fans who have been hurt by the spot-fixing case,” Butt told a press conference in his first public apology for the offence.

Butt received a 10-year ban, with five years suspended, for his role in the scam. Asif was barred for seven years, with two suspended, while Amir got five years.

In April, Butt and Asif lost their appeals to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and the ICC urged the players to accept their guilt and start rehabilitation. Amir had not appealed after pleading guilty before the UK court in 2011.

“I admit the ICC tribunal decision and warn the future players to avoid the pitfalls of corruption because this is bad for the country and for the fans,” Butt, 28, said.

He and Amir have agreed to undergo rehabilitation through the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Butt's public apology is seen as a step towards shortening the remaining period of suspension.

Butt also appealed to the interim PCB chief Najam Sethi on Friday to reduce his ban and permit a return to domestic cricket, while indicating his ambition to play internationally in the future.

“I request the interim chairman to request the ICC to reduce my and Asif's bans. I have two years ban left so if the ICC allows me to play domestic cricket then I will be ready for international matches once my ban ends.

“I have enough cricket left in me and when my ban ends I am ready to play for the country again,” said Butt.


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Mani Jun 28, 2013 06:40pm

Finally you made everyone fool. Hereafter no one will believe Pakistan players.

Ahmed Jun 28, 2013 06:44pm

Good work. If he is really sorry and means every word of his appology, he should now step forward and name ALL the players he knows who have been involved in Spot or match fixing. I have no doubht Kakmals and Maliks are also involved. Common man, say it out loud !!!

edwardian Jun 28, 2013 06:44pm

we all knew this and never believed him. Butt and his father who insisted that he had recently returned from Umra can believe him that his son was innocent.

Aqeel Jun 28, 2013 06:46pm

He should have done it before, now no sympathy for him- 2 down, 2 to go..... Asif and Kaneria also should admit the charges.

Adnan Mazher Khan Jun 28, 2013 06:48pm

I forgive him as he has accepted the charges. May Allah also forgive him.

Gerry D'Cunha Jun 28, 2013 06:49pm

Butt admitted to the spot-fixing charges against him, and said he accepts all decisions of the ICC. a big liar who has been denying all this while and using God's name in vain

Khalid Jun 28, 2013 06:53pm

You have embarrassed the whole nation. Being in a privileged position you were, you have only proven that you would do anything for money even if brings shame to the whole nation. How long would you have continued to cheat the whole nation, had it not been discovered, is anyone's guess.

noor Jun 28, 2013 06:52pm


Yawar Jun 28, 2013 06:54pm

A very brave statement indeed. What ever happened to Mazher who offered all that money to Salman Butt?

nadeem Jun 28, 2013 06:58pm

I think he is the first person in this country who admits his crimes.

a Jun 28, 2013 06:58pm

Is he telling the truth now, or was he telling the truth before when claiming his innocence.

Saquib Javaid Jun 28, 2013 07:02pm

After 3 years of complete denial, he suddenly comes up to accept his mistake. I remember even his sisters holding press conferences to claim the innocence of their brother.

Now after all this, he wants to be re-selected as well after serving the ban.

Its a shame for cricket and pakistan.

nadeem Jun 28, 2013 07:01pm

I bet he has taken another big amount for this confession.

haris Jun 28, 2013 07:10pm

Pehlay hi maan leyta... itna zalil nahi hoona parhta.

farhan Jun 28, 2013 07:15pm


Khuram Pervez Jun 28, 2013 07:11pm

Wao wao wao. After his all appeals were declined, this was the only option left with this disgraced man. He thinks that the whole nation is fool. He must not be allowed to play this respected game otherwise he will start spot fixing at domestic level. What a shame for our country this man is.

farhan Jun 28, 2013 07:11pm

@Saquib Javaid: Agree, total shame - and he was the captain!

farhan Jun 28, 2013 07:14pm

@nadeem: wonder

Dr Vimal Raina Jun 28, 2013 07:19pm

It would be so easy to write shame. But let us move beyond it. Let him come out with exactly what happened and who were involved. To redeem himself a bit he has to come really clean not only in the eyes of the ICC but all the cricket loving people of Pakistan and the world.

yaqoot mir Jun 28, 2013 07:19pm

the writing was on the wall for him DAY-1, we have a habit of not admitting to our vices.......unfortunate but truw..him and asif did it, I still think Wahab Riaz was involved too....but no proof, only guy I would feel sorry for was Muhammad Amir who due to lack of experience got mixed up in this and scummed to the temptation of making easy money and that too for a single NO BALL and a measily 10,000 USD. Amir should be back after his ban and get another chance with Pakistan he will only be Mid twenties when he comes back, what remains to be seen is will he be the same bowler?

Dilawer Jun 28, 2013 07:18pm

@Mani: You are absolutely correct. There is no integrity expected from Pakistani player, Pakistani Umpires, Pakistan Cricket Board. It is all rotten from bottom up and top down. My salute to all those who still play with Pakistanis. The word Pakistan is same as trouble.

hanf Jun 28, 2013 07:18pm

@Mani: yes you are right, every one was knows they are guilty and money maker, curse to them and should be severe punishment.

Asif Jun 28, 2013 07:22pm

Wow! I am impressed... This would be a first in Pakistan. So many signs of change... There is light at the end of the tunnel..

Dilawer Jun 28, 2013 07:25pm

Butt should be banned for life. He should never be allowed to play any cricket at all. How can he rub the face of his country in dirt while playing as a captain. His apology should better not be a precursor to reinstating his domestic stint. He should find some other ways to make money other than Cricket. We are sick and tired of seeing these faces again and again. News Media should stop posting any News regarding these crooks.

malick Jun 28, 2013 07:25pm

Sorry I reject your apology.

Zobia Khan Jun 28, 2013 07:33pm

@Ahmed: Why? Why should he name all the other people who are involved? Lets assume for a moment that he names person X, now person X denies it. Who will you believe? in either case person X's life is ruined. What if that person X is you?

haris Jun 28, 2013 07:38pm

@nadeem: Yes, after consistent denial for more than 3 years. Bravo! hats off!

Mohammed Qayum Jun 28, 2013 07:35pm

I hope this brings a new spirit in the sportsmen of our country and a direction for the future.

Ali Jun 28, 2013 07:36pm

Do people still believe this was an ICC and International conspiracy against TALENTED Pakistani players !! From the very first day he along with many Pakistani people were refusing to accept this bitter truth. It's never late to accept the truth. Regardless of his shameful acts, look at his international record, it's shame such below average people (like Shoib Malik, Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal etc) makes into the national team and play for country long and long. Butt played 33 Tests, 30.46 Avg, 47.20 strike rate. Even Afridi has much better records in tests !

Muneeb Jun 28, 2013 07:44pm

You are sorry not because you did it but because you were caught!! Also, cheating is not a mistake, its a choice, a real bad one...

khalid Jun 28, 2013 07:48pm

@nadeem: actually he is the 2nd. 1st was Mohammed Aamir.

Shazi Jun 28, 2013 07:47pm

I think, at least, he is the one in Pakistan who openly admits what he did. thanks

Tasneem Ahmad Jun 28, 2013 07:48pm

I don't think Salman should be allowed to play even domentic cricket and must be trial in Pakistan for the damage he has done to the country. Apology after repeated lies, what a disgrace to the country.

Abrar-ul-Haque Jun 28, 2013 07:54pm

Can we ever hope that some politician or a bureaucrat or a general will one day dare to admit corruption that they do in billions. We hear this everyday. The culprits don't ever feel the need even to deny such reports now, because of their "damn it" attitude and they know it well that nobody can catch them.

Qaiser Bakhtiari Jun 28, 2013 07:57pm

Its a good time for those who kept saying that this is a conspiracy against Pakistan to look hard into how they approach issues. Not everything is a conspiracy against Pakistan and more importantly stop worrying about Pakistan's image and start caring about the character of its cilivilans.

junaid Jun 28, 2013 07:53pm

@nadeem: Yes but this is after so much of humiliation and bans & punishments. Admission of guilt, after every court in the world convicted him, is little late. In personal life, maybe he can learn some lessons and teach his kids how to live responsibly.

sunil Jun 28, 2013 07:57pm

Good display of courage...he owned up to the mistake. I hope other players Pakistani and Indian follow suit.

Khurram Jadoon Jun 28, 2013 07:57pm

@Mani: yeah all believe Indian players now.

Najeeb Jun 28, 2013 07:57pm

You will never be forgiven by true fans of cricket and true Pakistanis like myself.

Afrooz Jun 28, 2013 08:01pm

I checked the video clip on Youtube. I dont think he has admitted to spot fixing. Even now he says that he will not disagree with the decision of the tribunal. There is a big difference. Just like Mohd. Aamer did, Butt needs to have the guts to say outright that he cheated the nation.

However all this is moot now. The nation will forget about him soon and relegate Butt to the dustbin of cricketing history to join others like Hansie Cronje and Azharuddin.

MJ Jun 28, 2013 08:08pm

They should double his sentence. Once for committing the crime of spot fixing and second for lying to the nation for years and not admitting to it.

syed ahmed Jun 28, 2013 08:11pm

Everyone knew he was fully involved, I mean c'mon. This investigation didn't occur in Pakistan it was done in an outside country where these things are handled a lot differently and bribery culture doesn't exist there. I wish to never see Salman Butt's name and face or any of the other 3 accused in fixing again but unfortunately people in our media is obsessed with them and their names keep showing back up, much like our corrupt politicians who never seem to leave the lime light despite all the allegations and convictions. We have already found better replacements for all the convicted felons and we won't need their services ever again, they cheated with the sport loved by so many in Pakistan and there should be no sympathy for that period. They made enough money which was their biggest priority now they should let us live in peace and forget ever playing for Pakistan again.

sabukhara Jun 28, 2013 08:13pm

@nadeem: He is not the first person to admit his crime. Mohd. Aamir did it at the time of the court case. And he wasn't even the ringleader....Butt was. If anyone deserves leniency it is Aamir, not Butt or Asif.

Zeeshan Jun 28, 2013 08:18pm

Fans..??? what fans???

haris Jun 28, 2013 08:19pm

@Adnan Mazher Khan: He swear in the name of Allah many times. So all in all, he just not fooled the nation and people around him but also used Religion as a tool to get sympathies from people.

majority of the people were of the opinion that Pakistan is trapped again in Intl. conspiracy, however, the same innocent people doesn't know that its their own countrymen conspiring against them.

AJ Jun 28, 2013 08:23pm

every country is not Pakistan where you can get away with anything....

Sami Ullah Swati Jun 28, 2013 08:26pm

Now that you confessed, I suggest you go out and do charity work to recover your image and the confidence of your fans. If you are doing this all for re-playing for Paksitan, go find another country and I doubt there is any to accept you.

S Hassan Ali Jun 28, 2013 08:34pm

I wonder, how would those experts react now, who considered all this to be a conspiracy against Pakistani cricket?

Sooriya Jun 28, 2013 08:37pm

I think, he should not be given chance for domestic game because he is not trust worthy and persistently lied with nation, If he is allowed for game it means another chance for others to cheat with nation, get apologies and re-enter in system. Let them out of field as others can learn lesson and do not embarrass the Pakistani nation.

Adeeb Khan Jun 28, 2013 08:46pm

Such a big time looser, now admitting that he committed the crime, I strongly believe that he must received an official nod from the power corridors of corrupt govenment officials and politicians. The damage he has done is not repairable, and Pakistan cricket should move forward by inducting the new blood instead.

Saim Jun 28, 2013 08:52pm

You should not be allowed on a cricket ground even as a spectator

Dilber Maseeh Jun 28, 2013 08:50pm

Naseer Uddin - Sacramento USA Jun 28, 2013 08:50pm

I do not accept his apology. This is just another scheme to get back in the good books of inocent nation and start playing again. They are trying a phsycological game now. All of them tried to deny as much as they can and try to prove alegation wrong but they didn't succeed. Now when there is not way out, they are trying to pose as they are ashamed of their act. WRONG. They are just trying to play with the emotions of the nation. I say let them rot like bad apple. I recomd that PCB should NEVER let any player who is proven to be involve in the match fixing, to ban them for LIFE for any cricket, national and international both. I request PCB chairman to be tough on these criminals. They have created enough bad name for the nation and for the game of cricket. We need good honest roll models, not the criminal minded people like Butt, Amir and Asif. Good luck guys now try casino.

Waleed Jun 28, 2013 08:55pm

His action led 200 million Pakistanis to bow down their heads. Those committing any national crime must be treated in a way that no one could dare repeating it in future.

sarim hamza Jun 28, 2013 08:57pm

mr butt what about your family, where they also telling lies, and were presenting you as innocent, honest and good baby at the time when you were caught in this scandal, they should also apologize to nation.

Shahryar Shirazi Jun 28, 2013 09:00pm

No one cares what he does. His place in the team was any ways questionable. He ruined the career of Amir is all what matters. This act of his should be treated the same way as AQ Khan was treated after selling nuclear secrets. There is no difference between the two acts of betrayal.

Raj Jun 28, 2013 08:58pm

He has woken up from a long slumber and realizes now that he needs people to forgive him, but i guess he is too late.

Oz Jun 28, 2013 09:04pm

Honesty is the best policy wherever you go in life. In a way, I am glad he has come out and apologised. I think all these three players went on with the spot fixing because everyone was at it at back then. The fact is that only these three got caught and were exemplified.

I am angry as well that they put the country's reputation at stake for their short term gains, and for that, they should suffer the consequences. We would rather have a disfunctional team than a team full of cheaters. As a muslim, its not the fans he needs to apologise, its the people he cheated and Allah that created him he need to be sorry to. I feel for his family that have supported him throughout, God knows what they must be going through.

mak Jun 28, 2013 09:03pm

just go away please.

Moazzam Salim Jun 28, 2013 09:08pm

Now is the time for Salman Butt to inform the nation about the whole fixing operation including names of the other players involved in fixing during his tenure as the captain.

Anees Jun 28, 2013 09:11pm

After having tried all other means to prove himself innocent, this is his last attempt to get some sympathy and relief. Don't give him.

Jawed Jun 28, 2013 09:18pm

Every time he opens his Gob he reaffirms how selfish he is. If he was so sorry he should have put his hands up in the beginning and said I was wrong and did a mistake. Then he might even have got some empathy. Now after running course through all legal course and having been found guilty at each stage - Salman Butt your sorry - I am sorry does not add up!

Ahmed Jun 28, 2013 09:19pm

He is not sorry, he is not disgraced. He was on TV during world cup as a guest /host. Our Nation has no values left, what example do we setup for our youth? You can commit a National Crime bring additional disgrace to the already disgraced Nation and still people will offer you job on National TV. This is the message we are giving to our youth!

Adeeb Khan Jun 28, 2013 09:19pm

@Dilber Maseeh: A father always think high of their kids, so I dont blame his father since this is not his fault and most probably Salman must be lying to his parents and other family members, too

Burki Jun 28, 2013 09:26pm

@Dilber Maseeh: Abba jee must be busy now preparing two nooses & selecting a sight for their public hanging.

Rogers Evans Jun 28, 2013 09:34pm

It is good that he admits his guilt. But he must never be allowed to play cricket in Pakistan, neither he should be involved in any capacity concerning cricket. A criminal is always a criminal.

Burki Jun 28, 2013 09:32pm

I can tell that even this admission of guilt and public apology is not because he feels deep & sincere remorse but simply a smart ploy by this greedy thug to play with people's emotions and help build public support to cut down his ban and pave way for his re-admission. If he was really that remorseful then why it took him 3 years to admit it openly and why he kept denying it and why he filed an appeal with Court of Arbitration against his punishment?

Now he should go & assist his father in preparing their own public hanging ceremony as his father had once claimed so forcefully.

Burki Jun 28, 2013 09:38pm

@AJ: may be but India for sure is a safe heaven for bookies and match fixers. That's where it all started and spread its venom to rest of the world.

zahid Jun 28, 2013 09:40pm

Another lie from @ Salman butt. Will not trust him. Salman is playing tricks to get back to International cricket & Gamble again.

Yousaf Jun 28, 2013 09:43pm

I remember when the scandal had broken in 2011. The same viewers of Dawn were calling it an Indian conspiracy against Pakistan cricket on these forums. How things have changed now.

Youth Jun 28, 2013 09:42pm

Now that he has accepted the charges leveled against him, Salman Butt should never be allowed to play national or international cricket again. He is welcomed to play street cricket. He has brought shame to his country, led his fan down & did irreparable damage to his family's prestige. I as one of his fan will never pardon him for the agony his cheating brought to me & many others. He is a cheat of the first order.

sali Jun 28, 2013 09:42pm

Only because he has no other option now he tries this route. What a disgrace. Who made him the captain? Its all PCB's fault.

Rajbrinder Dhillon Jun 28, 2013 09:46pm

Very shameful....After years of denial and having lost all paths to fool cricket he want to fool ppl by his apology....He should never be allowed on cricket field. His family has no values at all, its kinda funny the way they were defending him.

Aijaz Jun 28, 2013 09:47pm

@Dilawer: No, it's not Pakistan, it's Punjab who has all the issues, all three are from the same place.

ZEE Jun 28, 2013 09:50pm

He is a disgrace .... Don't allow him to play again for Pakistan, i request PCB to increase his ban, if he asks to shorten it

Faiz Jun 28, 2013 09:51pm

salam But and all involved in these type of scams, are a disgrace to my beautiful Pakistan, they should be banned from Cricket for life....

Faiz USA

Rizwan Jun 28, 2013 09:57pm

Part of the punishment is to set an example for others who may consider doing this in the future. So in my opinion, no, never again, even after his ban is over. He has been lying to everyone till now, are we supposed to believe that he will be honest from this point on?

Arsalan Jun 28, 2013 09:59pm

We as fans need to understand our power as a collective group. In this day and age, we should be able to revolt against the incompetant selectors and corrupt players by refusing to watch the games where they play or select players based on corruption. Let's arrange local events and publicize them on web for people to have alternatives when these corrupt people are playing. Once they lose the sponsors, who sponsor them based on marketing money, they'll be gone soon.

Riaz Khoso Jun 28, 2013 10:20pm

He must not be forgiven....

Zee Paki Jun 28, 2013 10:17pm

All I can say is he is a fool who thought others were fools. He should never be allowed to play in Pakistan, not in cricket, not in any other sport. He was entrusted not just to play for Pakistan but to be its captain and he sold his country's reputation for personal gain and then continued to lie about it. Good luck living a private, shameful life.

Nash Jun 28, 2013 10:23pm

Unbelievable.......not only that he has lied to his nation but has the courage to ask for a place in national team. He should never be allowed to play even domestic cricket. To those who has soft corner for Butt, I would only say that crime happens and criminals are allowed back into the society. In Butt's case he has comitted a crime and consistently lied to the people of Pakistan, whom he was representing and have made a mockery of whole nation and this fact does not make him worthy of a second chance.

asifkhan Jun 28, 2013 10:37pm

you have disgraced pakistan.It is better you do not appear in public . your name is now associated with a cheating cricketer.

Haroon Khan Jun 28, 2013 10:39pm

most people are so aggressively anti-butt.

But, BUTT has paid his due. Once the due is paid, he shouldn't be further punished.

What about Your ex prime ministers

and your current President? Why are they still respectful citizens of this country.

who is a bigger criminal?

Atif Jun 28, 2013 10:36pm

I have watched the video of his statement at youtube. He does NOT admit fixing anywhere in that video; simply says that he accepts the decision and apologises IF he has hurt cricket and sentiments of people.

I wonder why all media houses are putting the headline of "admits to spot-fixing".

syed baqar ahsan Jun 28, 2013 10:39pm

big star from small background with irresponsible PCB management and safarishi Chief security officer.nut result disgrace

faisal Jun 28, 2013 10:46pm

Ali Khan Jun 28, 2013 10:51pm

Oh look who is coming out of the closet and admiting the crime. Mr. Butt, before committing that crime, you should have thought about the fans and above all your own country. Not only you were leading the team but representing Pakistan and its people on forign land. But because you are one selfish greedy hound, the only thing mattered to you at that time was becoming filthy rich..INSTANTLY. Now since your own past actions are haunting you, You want the cricket fans (NOT YOUR FANS ANYMORE) to forgive you for your gruesome crime which brought down not only nation's heads but above all Pakistan's image. Infact you should get the same punishment as traitors get. Mr. Butt if you have any shame left in yourself, you should stop watching & commenting on cricket.

Guest63 Jun 28, 2013 10:52pm

@MJ: A lawyer should tell us all , what is the punishment for Perjury ( lying under oath and concealing the truth from the justice ) , and in my humble opinion , PCB should act on it and give him that extra punishment ( time and fine ) . NO one ( of the 3 convicted felons ) should ever be pardon before hand and no special treatment ( being thought of the action pcb chairman for Ammer) justifies now or in future too

irfan Jun 28, 2013 10:57pm

I'm amused the way everyone is jumping on Salman's throat for cheating; but look around you, every Pakistani is busy doing the same thing day in and day out. Trying to get rich overnight, cut corners, find shortcut, pull someone's leg to climb up, rush rush rush to be rich.

He is guilty no doubt, but are as guilty as him. Work on yourself and leave him alone. He will get back to International cricket and his guilty statement is not for anything but a "Aashirbad" from someone on the top of the food chain.

Zahra Shireen Jun 28, 2013 10:58pm

Sorry thats too little too late. You not only brought shame to your country thst gave you all the fame you ruined the career of an impressionable young talent this country was proud of. You lied twice. It would be foolish to trust you again

asifkhan Jun 28, 2013 10:59pm

This is true that there are so many like you in the PCB and all over in the have been held and the others are still free.. Bad luck.

Jamaal Jun 28, 2013 11:04pm

Salman Butt is a disgrace to the pakistan cricket. He is responsible for ruining Amir's future. Agree?

Kiterunner5 Jun 28, 2013 11:07pm

No way Jose. The entire nation had to bow its head in shame and you are asking the permission to play again? I hope no one listens to your sob stories. You are a crook, cheat, shameless and soul-less person who should not be allowed to even go near a cricket ground.

Kiterunner5 Jun 28, 2013 11:15pm

@sabukhara: Sir, anyone who brings shame to his country does not deserve any leniency period. Let him work in some office and leave cricket alone.

Kiterunner5 Jun 28, 2013 11:16pm

@Adnan Mazher Khan: Sir, I can forgive him but cannot forget the way these guys brought shame to Pakistan. I wonder why Pakistan did not register a case of treason against these low lives.

The Doctor Jun 28, 2013 11:13pm

Hey Salman, tell us something we didn't already know, you cheat.

venkatesh Jun 28, 2013 11:27pm

This is absolutely disgraceful. You have cheated not only the cricket fans but betraying your own country is not acceptable. whoever it one should not betray their own country.

hamza Jun 28, 2013 11:31pm

he should be given another chance. shame on those who are not accepting his apology. These were all tactics to defame pakistan cricket, but our slave minded people will never realize this. every indian and australian crickter is involved in spot and match fixing but nothing is ever done against them. The top board authorities should fight their case with the ICC (indian cricket council) and bring them back on the cricket field.

ali Jun 28, 2013 11:34pm

Jail him, disgrace him. He deserves nothing less.

zulmai khan Jun 28, 2013 11:33pm

Well well, its one of so many from one province of Pakistan, where other subjects of three other provinces of Pakistan have to take the blame in almost every field of life around the world. I will not trust this culprit. He even denied till this morning all charges and in desperation a new tactic.

Sheetal Jun 28, 2013 11:46pm

Where are those Pakistani fans now who were offering all the conspiracy theories behind his conviction ???

Numan Jun 28, 2013 11:50pm

@Saquib Javaid: HE is a shame for cricket and pakistan

Dipesh Lall Jun 28, 2013 11:51pm

He has admitted his guilt and hopefully wil make amends. He has done better than most politicians in India and Pakistan. I say allow him to return to Pakistan's domestic cricket circuit and if he earns his dues let him play in international cricket also. Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.

VKD Jun 29, 2013 12:02am

@sabukhara: A crime is a crime is crime - why leave Aamir. he should be banned for life

Aik Haseena Jun 29, 2013 12:13am

He should stand trail for treason. SC should hear his and Mushu case same time, save money.

AM Jun 29, 2013 12:18am

He apologized after all doors were shut on him. This clearly mens that he was lying all this time hoping that he will get away with it. once he saw that there is no getting away, he conveniently accepts the crime. Sorry Salman, we don't want you to play ever again.

expatpak Jun 29, 2013 12:26am

His statements do not seem to be genuine. Even after 3 years he kept on saying 'if my actions caused hurt fans or the game of cricket.....'. So, he is still saying 'IF'. There is no doubt that his actions hurt fans and cricket game. He has apologized publicly mainly so that he could not be blamed for admitting his mistake. He is interested more in coming back into international cricket than genuinely admitting his mistake. He should never be allowed to play for Pakistan's international team. He should remain restricted to domestic cricket.

Ejaz Ahmed Jun 29, 2013 12:27am

Put him in jail for life. He does not deserve any sympathy from any quarter. All these years he has been lying and now he is apologising and asking his fans to forgive him. Which fans ? May be he is talking about ceiling fans which he needs in his house in this summer.

Kesar Jun 29, 2013 12:30am

You did spot fixing for greed even though you were quite well off. You shamed the whole in the eyes of the world and destroyed the future of a very young talented bowler and for that I'll never forgive you. May you rot in hell. Jun 29, 2013 12:39am

No and never allowed to play even on the streets of Pakistan.

Afrooz Jun 29, 2013 12:43am

Many moons ago ....Nov 4,2011 this newspaper quoted Salman Butt's father claiming that he is ready to be hanged along with his son, if he is guilty. Mr. Zulfikar your son just sentenced you to death. Are you prepared to keep your promise or was that also a lie?

Asif Ijaz Jun 29, 2013 12:48am

All I can say is if you want to even have the public 'consider' forgiving you, donate your looted money first to charity like the Edhi welfare or Shaukat Khanam Hospital

Afif Naeem Jun 29, 2013 12:58am

This admittance blew my mind away. WOW!

Karan Jun 29, 2013 01:03am

I am happy that you have apologised but I wish you had apologised to the entire cricketing world. Especially people like me who have enjoyed that special blend of talent, style, daring, chutzpah and optimism that Pakistani cricket at its best stood for. In the 70s, 80s and 90s Pakistan were always fun to watch. I hope to see it come back to what it was then.

hehe Jun 29, 2013 01:06am

@Sheetal: with indians supporting shreeshanth :D

Ahmer Jun 29, 2013 01:10am

Too late. Butt deserves absolutely no mercy. He must pay the price for bringing such shame to Pakistan and doing incalculable harm to its cricket.

Imran Jun 29, 2013 01:12am

...and the nation has a choice not to accept his apology...his previous biligerance and defiance have to play a showcase as a lesson he should be banned by PCB for life for all international cricket...if he wants he can play guli/muhalla cricket.

Najam Haq Jun 29, 2013 01:13am

@Dipesh Lall: I agree on the point that he has done better than politicians. However his ban should stay.

Unless we tell people that they have to reap what they sow, there will be corruption. Not just him, I think the other two involved especially Amir got off easy, he should have been punished more.

Mike Jackson Jun 29, 2013 01:24am

Great stuff Salman so you have admitted to selling your country's honor for a few dollars , that is bold of you and I salute you for it.I also salute Asif / Amir / Saleem Malik and Ijaz Ahemed for doing the same . Your actions were treasonous and dishonorable at best ..but there won't be a cry for treason charges against the likes of you ..and yes there is a Subprime Court ..and yes it is expected to be the body dispensing justice ...

ps :I m guessing some of these comments will show up in the not too distant autopsy of that country !! Good Luck !!


feo Jun 29, 2013 01:35am

I agree with most of the comments here. We, as Cricket fans first (since there are some non Pakistanis here too) and Paksitanis need to take a stand and tell the government and the PCB what we think!!

If Salman Butt is allowed back on the team, will all of you pledge NOT to go to any games?? Let's walk the walk instead of just talking. Let these people know that we will NOT continue to be made fools of and we will NOT continue to be forced to bow our heads in shame because of these lowlifes.

kameast Jun 29, 2013 01:37am

@Sheetal: Exactly. Maybe Pakistani people will now learn that Pakistan is a victim of its own activites. There IS NO conspiracy to harm the country. Pakistanis are thier own worst enemies. Hope a Pakistan learns quickly and copies thier great friend China and devotes its time to achieve economic, social, educational success. In-Sha-Allah.

Vishnu Jun 29, 2013 01:50am

Pakistan is finally moving forward...
In Tamil we say good and bad (name) is not given by others.. Salman Butt you done correct thing now.. good luck for your future

By Indian

Youth Jun 29, 2013 01:55am

@Sheetal: Salman Butt has committed the mistake of accepting money but i am pretty sure that there was a conspiracy to keep key Pakistani players away from the then world cup. Had the trio played the world cup, Sachin would have had to wait for another world cup to fulfill his dream

chandra Jun 29, 2013 02:05am

"To err is human. But when eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you are probably overdoing it". We all excuse those who steal food when they have nothing to eat for days and very very hungry. But for a person who has everything, name, fame, strong future, which is a dream for every other fellow citizen of his nation, and then goes ahead does a crime for the greed of money, and then denies it for ever. (Please refer to you tube videos dated June 2012). Interview after interview , denial after denial, after having been proved beyond doubt in a court of law, and having done the sentence. Now, he does admit for guilt as he could foresee a future in cricket again. They say that if credibility is gone, everything is gone. What is this man's credibility? I do not care about his talent or prowess however great it might be, it all comes down to nothing if he does not have credibility. In a sport which is nation's favorite pass time, some say religion, representing the nation, being the captain, after having paid handsomely to do that, he still gives in for greed. He should not be condoned, should be permanently banned from sport not only from playing, even commentating.

atif Jun 29, 2013 02:20am

Lied lied and lied again. Protested his innocence throughout until there was no advantage. Finally admits what a cheating scumbag he is . If they ban him for 100 years it won't be too short.

Shamed himself, family, friends, country and the sport of cricket. Shame on you!

Asad Jun 29, 2013 02:28am

It means that he had been lying under oath all along, lying to the public, the ICC and PCB, lying under oath to British Courts and the Appeals Tribunal

concerned Jun 29, 2013 02:31am

He insulted PAKISTAN and damaged our reputation.Ban him for life, Pl. do not allow this cheat to play in domestic or international cricket.

Saeed Jun 29, 2013 02:51am

@asifkhan: That why Pakistan in such a disarray . Because everyone think they have right of corruption because they heard some one is corrupt too. He bring shame to country he is a liar ban him for life.

Kumara Jun 29, 2013 03:55am

The Pakistani should abandoned these buggers who betrayed everyone including themselves

Jawaid Ekram Jun 29, 2013 03:53am

Why is this a front page news? Why do we glorify and provide valuable space to corrupt and cheaters.

Majid Jun 29, 2013 03:57am

I still believe India, USA and Israel are behind this..;)

Yawar Jun 29, 2013 04:02am

Butt said "if anyone felt bad about what I did, then I am sorry." This is half-hearted and not that difficult to say. If he really wants to apologize then he should have said "I am sorry for doing this and for making every Pakistani feel bad and ashamed."

karthik Jun 29, 2013 04:14am

Every men do the mistakes in their life. No one is perfect. You guys can give him second chance. Once he was bad guy and he was able to play for his country. Now he is good (any man who accepts their fault are good) but no one accepts him. Strange world.

mansoor Jun 29, 2013 04:16am

As a fellow human being, who has made mistakes, I forgive you. As a Pakistani who was disgraced and humiliated, I forgive you but would not forget. But as Mohammad Amir fan, Pakistani cricket lover how can I even think??????? Destroying the biggest talent world cricket ever saw is UNFORGIVEABLE.

Shahryar Shirazi Jun 29, 2013 04:40am

@Sheetal: I don't think such people exist. The nation was united in condemning him ....

UlHaq Jun 29, 2013 04:58am

This is just a trick of this crook. Having seen that nothing is working for him, he is trying to show that he is now reformed and deserves another chance.

Rajiv Jun 29, 2013 04:55am

@Atif: what did you not understand from "accepting" a decision??? if he did not accept, he would have fought... like he did for the last 2 years. <3

Eli Jun 29, 2013 04:56am

If anybody deserves leniency, it's Amir, because he admitted it right away and went through rehabilitation program unlike crooked Asif and Salman.

Sharminda Jun 29, 2013 05:13am

The only way he can be pardoned is if he identifies:- 1. Which other Pakistani player is or was involved 2.Whether PCB officials including Shafqat Rana, Mohammad Ilyas, Tabbasum Rizvi, Intikhab, Bari and Ijaz Butt were involved . 3. Apologize to Yunus Khan and use his Lahore connection to re-instate him as captain, as Salman Butt, Akmal brothers and Shpaib Malik were the ring leaders involved in getting ring of a non-Punjabi captain who won the World Cup for Pakistan. 4.Finally once above 3 conditions are met, hang himself as promised by his dad !!

kirther Jun 29, 2013 05:40am

Why these criminals get press coverage, Pakistanis must learn to deal severely with all criminal elements.

Sundar Jun 29, 2013 05:41am


Amin Jun 29, 2013 06:14am

For God sake, do not fall for the crocodile tears. After exhausting all the venues and failing he has nothing left so unashamedly he comes to public asking for forgiveness. Does not deserve it at all. Had he done it at the time scandal broke, there was a chance for leniency but not now.

jehanzaib Jun 29, 2013 06:16am

Hazaron chohay kha kay billi chali Haj Karney....

Kapil Jun 29, 2013 06:20am

@Dipesh Lall: Dipesh, thanks for turning a blind eye to corruption, followed by wilful denial.

ahmed Jun 29, 2013 06:59am

No matter how great a player is, one who has ashamed the nation should never be allowed to return. Its not like he needed money because he was making more than enough when this happened. Afridi, Akhtar were bigger players but they played to win and even with the weird episodes of ball biting and twisting on the pitch, I as a Pakistani can still respect someone like Afridi.

Butt is the one who deprived us with an exceptional bowler like Amir and destroyed a young person's life and a nation's dreams.

Ilyas Hussain Jun 29, 2013 07:00am

Once a crook, always a crook,can this guy be ever trusted?what he and co did was destroyed the image of pakistan.

Fwad Ahmed Jun 29, 2013 07:30am

if someone repents and ask for forgiveness, he ought be forgiven and Allah says in Quran O,people, be merciful to others, I will shower mercy on you. We forgive you salman

Khuram Pervez Jun 29, 2013 07:37am

What a shameless person he is. After damaging Pakistan's image in the whole world, he continued trying proving himself innocent through a number of appeals. And when his all appeals were rejected, he is now admitting his guilt. I strongly request Pakistan Government to send him in jail for life. Isn't there any such law exists?

kas315 Jun 29, 2013 07:47am

No mercy for traitors of Pakistan.

Aamir Anwar Jun 29, 2013 07:55am

Country doesn't need you...traitor!!! you should be tried under article 6 of the constitution.

Jimbo Jun 29, 2013 08:25am

**************What about the--------- "CONSPIRACY THEORIES"****************

Rebel Jun 29, 2013 09:08am

Now I believe that you deserve a chance. We all make mistakes in our lives, but very few admit them and learn from them. Speaking the truth is the key to overcome and moveon. I do not know how the nation will react to this but I personally believe that you did the right thing in admitting your mistake.

Mike Jun 29, 2013 09:12am

He was the ring leader and he should be banned for life. I have absolutely no sympathy for him anymore especially after 3 years of complete denial.

mzs Jun 29, 2013 09:18am

he broke the trust of a nation.

while forgiveness should and will eventually be given, he should never be allowed to represent pakistan cricket again.

Bashir Jun 29, 2013 09:26am

Mr Butt. You are black spot on this nation. I wish you were punished for all of your life. You got away with 5 year ban. Playing cricket for pakistan is last thing you should think abt. Domestic cricket may be. If infact you get into pakistani cricket team, that would prove that pakistan cricket team management is corrupt. I along with many fans would turn the TV off when I see you playing to say the least. Go and apologize to Amir and his poor mother.

Anuj Jun 29, 2013 10:22am

with due respect, I have to say this - in nations like S Africa, India, UK etc where a person found guilty of this kind of corruption (we all know the case of Hansiie Cronje, Azharuddin, Ajay Sinhji Jadeja ) was kicked out of cricket altogether.

In Pakistan, Mr Salman Butt and the others are expecting to be Rehabbed and back to full time domestic and International cricket and into the doting arms (they think) of fans ! what a mentality !!

I assume this is the wrong values these cricketers like Butt have and which will not be supported by Pakistani fans or PCB. Let us see.

mehboob malik Jun 29, 2013 10:29am

@Sheetal: What all this happened was a conspiracy to Pakistan there is no doubt about that and we knew Indian lobby is behind this.

Papamish Jun 29, 2013 10:43am

We should bar him even from playing galli(roadside) cricket.No mercy from fans of subcontinent.


mrm Jun 29, 2013 11:21am

No way. dump your head in the mud. You should be disgraced for ever....never be allowed to play again, don't you have shame in your soul ....... you cheat and a lier.

Nadeem Mirza Jun 29, 2013 11:27am

Too little, too late!!! He and his partners should be charged with treason. Where is Suo motto chief justice.

Rayhan Khan Jun 29, 2013 11:50am

@Sheetal: They are watching Indian's disgrace in IPL

Billz Jun 29, 2013 12:19pm

I salute his guts for saying something like, I will make a come back. If he makes a come back( just for argument's sake) how in the world is he going to take the center stage after this mess. The media and spectators all over will make a living hell for him. The hatred towards him is more because he tormented a special talent that pak could've benefitted From. My advice to him is, dude, pick another career. Tum to Bohot hi dheet ho.

Mahmood Jun 29, 2013 12:22pm

In addition to apology he should tell the whole story as to how and what really happened so that others know the traps.

Ahsen Wali Mohammad Jun 29, 2013 12:32pm

It took him 2 years to come out and say that he actually is a cheat, and then he has the audacity to request to be allowed to play again?!

topatha Jun 29, 2013 12:34pm

Why do cricket fans and cricket institutions have to be so puritanical? Lets not forget there are many flaws in the way the game is evolving as a business, as an entertainment, as a competitive, professional, international sport.

Relative to much more important aspects of the game that have no resolution, Salman Butt issue is small.

Ashraf Jun 29, 2013 12:45pm

He is not only responsible to bring shame to Pakistan, he is also responsible to ruin the cricket careers of two outstanding cricketers ( Asif, Aamir). He doesn't feel ashamed to play again for Pakistan. He should have been jailed for treason.

Muhammad Ashraf Jun 29, 2013 12:56pm

".......and warn the future players to avoid the pitfalls of corruption because this is bad for the country and for the fans,

zia khan Jun 29, 2013 01:04pm

Too late too little. He did not confess when it mattered the most & why he thinks that he will be given a chance to play just because he has admitted his crime. Pakistan is full of talent and we should groom new players instead of wasting time on old crooks. Pakistan team has yet to do a lot to restore trust of cricket fans nationally and internationally. The reputation of our team is no longer what it used to be. The story of these cheats will be repeated over and over again whenever they play for Pakistan. Nation has already gone through indescribable pain and humiliation because of them and it is now for Salman , Asif and Amer to live with the shame of their own doing.

Ibrahim Jun 29, 2013 01:08pm

Where are those who claimed that Salman has been framed?

Bilal Jun 29, 2013 01:30pm

Being a Former Captain of Pakistan Cricket, Getting involved in Spot Fixing, than getting caught, than regretting and apologizing...

Its like giving another chance to Raja Ashraf for fixing the Energy shortfall

agree ?? thumbs up

Bilal Jun 29, 2013 01:40pm

I wish that night ur parents would have slept only rather than producing a disgrace for the nation.

A CAPTAIN involved in Spot Fixing. Salman Butt should be banned from the category of "SPORTS"

zia khan Jun 29, 2013 01:46pm

India and Pakistan have a good number of match fixers and I suggest that we should raise a team of such players. This team should be registered by the name of cheaters and allowed to take part in IPL. They are dishonest but good players. Cricket fans will enjoy their excellent performances & cheaters will be able to make good money at the same time. Team management can be given to retired fixers like Saleem Malik. If cricket fans join hands and make it a reality then it will be a win win for all.

akram Jun 29, 2013 02:20pm

the only way to stop this from happening in the future with other players is effective life bans. It may sound harsh, but its something that may hurt a bit in the short term, but long term it will provide great fruit. A person willing to accept bribe once, will do it again, its human nature. They should not only be banned from playing but banned from coming into contact with any aspiring cricketers so no jobs under any PCB umbrella or anything related. We must protect our future from such people.

Salman Jun 29, 2013 02:35pm

Respect is hard earned my friend ... and i don't think he has enough in him to gain that respect again! Doesn't deserve a chance.

Syed Jun 29, 2013 02:35pm

The intention is clearly to fool the nation again. Why he did not make this apology 2yrs ago when he came out of the jail. If he had any sincerity, that was the time to apologize. For more than 2yrs he kept trying to become a Islamic Hero (like many other murderers and looters in this country) by casting doubts on the intention of British judiciary, but when it didn't work, he decided to apologize, which will help him survive as a cricketer and continue to make money.

Samir Shah Jun 29, 2013 02:45pm

I accept his apology but he should not be allowed to play international or domestic cricket ever again. He brought shame to our country in front of the whole world and he should not be given a platform to do something like that again even though he is guilty. Once a thief, always a thief. You three should look elsewhere for your income generation. Cricket is over for you guys. They should ban them for life and create an example of them.

Arshad Khan Jun 29, 2013 03:03pm

Salman Butt lied from day one. Arrogant and incorrigible. No pardons for those who defame their country by indulging in corruption, be it Salman Butt or Zardari. Take a break and look for another job.

virani Jun 29, 2013 03:49pm

wow what a confession after 3 years of struggle to prove himself not guilty and since no hope from any where to proved clear accepting filth and asking for sympathies from a nation who already have lost good reputation globally due to mismanagement of country and terrorism additionally our ambassadors of sports do things like sports fixing for tiny amount of money they should not be given any chance even to come on to the media and speak about their dirt which they have paste on their country they should be shame of themselves and leave behind neat and good cricket from their dirty hands, please start playing poker or some other gambling games and make the money instead of asking PCB or ICC to allow you to play domestic cricket, don't even think about cricket you are an insult to the country and the world please be quiet till you are alive....shameful character

virani Jun 29, 2013 04:04pm

wow what a come back after struggling for last 3 years to proved himself clean finally confessing what insult he has passed on to the country and now asking for sympathies from PCB OR ICC to allow him to play domestic cricket so he can be returned to international cricket after 5 years banned imposed on him on what account who will compensate to the country the dirt he have thrown to the motherland is this why people choose you admire you talk about you share with you respect you endorsed you make you the ambassador of the country so you bring good reputation to the country and you justified by taken few pounds and sold the country which is already have bad label of terrorism , shame on you and should look back to the cricket world better start playing poker and make lots of money but from you pocket not from Pakistan , for GOD SAKE LEAVE THIS COUNTRY ALONE......

nadeem dar Jun 29, 2013 04:33pm

"Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone." This applies to the Pakistani Nation, the cricket world, the ICC people who handed down the verdict". Further when salman has been punished by the court and has served his sentence, he is now a free man.

When God can forgive the human beings for the most heinous crimes when the culprit repents and seeks his forgiveness then why cant the Pakistani Nation.

Salman, you just seek God's forgiveness and leave the rest to the creator. period.

As for the ICC and the rest of the cricket world, i will say that " Salman should be allowed to play cricket once again, because this is his career, his life, his world, his bread and butter.

Dr.M.m.Khan Jun 29, 2013 04:39pm

After all the avenues to prove your innocence were exhausted you accepted your guilt which brought all the nation to shame. This too when Pakistan was facing the worst floods in it's history. People in UK were raising money and you were enriching yourself. Now you ask forgiveness. How about handing over your expensive watches for a change. Pakistani cricket team is quite comfortable without you. We forgive you but stay out of sight. I speak as former Pakistani Table tennis player wo still has a pakistani blazer from 1961 and my grandson has promised to keep it for the next generation. You are a disgrace!

Saud Bajwa Jun 29, 2013 04:57pm

Too late Butt Sahib. Your biggest crime, in addition to being dishonest and letting your nation down, is destroying a young cricket talent of Pakistan.He was a teen ager coming from a very humble background knowing nothing about the crookedness and fraudulent conduct. He was shining with his full flare and already making world record for his country. Yes Mohammad Aamir. You came from a well off educated elite class of that society. Being his Captain,you should have been his mentor,guide and a protector but instead you terminated him.People can forgive you for your personal greed but Its unforgivable for murdering a young soul.

Khan Jun 29, 2013 05:23pm

Hey! u cheater & disgraceful person, How dare u ask to reduce your ban & want to play for Pakistan again. You are like a rotten egg, you smell so bad. Go away, you have no fan, Everybody hates you. You think that with this point scoring act, we will forget the sham you have brought to our country, You Looser. You have no place to hide your shameful face. Look at him!

ghulam ali Jun 29, 2013 06:26pm

He is our brother .Now we should forgive him forever .He is our pakistani Brother

ghulam ali Jun 29, 2013 06:25pm

i love salman bhai

Ahsan Jun 29, 2013 06:54pm

Guess what Mr.Butt, we dont need you....its better to have ANYBODY in team but not CHEATERS and LIERS

Acer Jun 29, 2013 08:27pm

So, at last, inspired by sirisanth and amir, he finally admitted his mistake

fida sayani Jun 29, 2013 08:55pm

First he lied to the nation and now he is apologizing. This men has defamed his country in the entire world. It is the responsibility of the Pakistan Government to try him under the Law of the Nation and severally punish him for his crime.

Yawar Jun 29, 2013 09:20pm

Good. Now if Salman is really concerned about the future of Pakistan cricket then he should also admit that he got Aamir and Asif involved. Hopefully, this would reduce the ban on Aamir and we should see him sooner than later.

ailly Jun 29, 2013 09:57pm

Wow, another pandora box.

Butt, Asir or Amir why nation is having soft corner for Amir alone ?. Crime is same, punishment was same, then why not Amir and Asif but only Butt is being seen as a villain. Hypocrite blogs.

Justice is need of the hour. If Salman did foul-play then Amir and Asif were the nexus of this plot, all three must be treated on same plain. Forgive them or punish them or make them history without exceptions. Treat them equally.

For future plans Amir can be singled out, given the leverage on account of his age alone. But Butt and Asif should be axed for good where Amir should be played under probation to prove his allegiance to Pak Cricket and the Nation .... I trust an oath in this respect should be a viable option for all future players representing Pakistan at the international level and same should be with new PCB officials.

Ebrahim Tily Jun 30, 2013 12:05am

Since all the time he lied and insisted that he has not done it - he should be banned for life.

ananimous Jun 30, 2013 12:30am

@Sheetal: Exactly

guest Jun 30, 2013 08:20am

Pity...king of liars is only left with the route to speak truth and get another chance to cheat. How fool he thinks Pakistanis can be?

SubhSubhBol Jun 30, 2013 10:02am

@Afrooz: Awesome bro....that you dug this up.....this shows who actually encouraged Salman Butt....I also remember his sister's interview where she vouched for her brother's innocence. Looks like the whole family rooted Salman to go ahead......

Khawar Jun 30, 2013 11:28am

Butt the trio headed by you has done the damage to Pakistan cricket. I am sure there will be some more names behind this act. if you are serious the disclose all those so the problem can be tackled from the roots. Still shame on you.

CC Jun 30, 2013 12:03pm

@ailly: Because of Amir's age at that time, some consideration could be given. Adolescence is a silly age when young boys become undecided and make mistakes. It is unfair to debar him from the game. He should be allowed to play domestic cricket but never representative. His age should be considered as he has a long way to go. His bowling will be good for talented cricketers to play against good pace in domestic cricket (practice) It will be a learning curve for them. Butt and Asir had been in trouble before and must be made an example of.

CC Jun 30, 2013 12:06pm

@Rayhan Khan: Don't generalize.

Omar Jun 30, 2013 12:56pm

Please ban him for life. First for cheating and then for lying about it continuously.

Lemmy Jun 30, 2013 01:52pm

@ailly: Because he was young and easily persuaded by these jackels! He is a very talented bowler and should ebe given one more chance!

ahmed saeed Jun 30, 2013 05:48pm

Wow... salman apologizes after long time ,, did he forget how he negated all the accusation levelled against him earlier , even saying the money found in his room were for his sister marraige shopping. then the ambassador of pakistan to UK , should also apologise and punish salman also , becoz he also acme out and telling the media how the poor chap has been implicated .all are crooks, thieves ,, least care about nations respect ..

Usman Jun 30, 2013 10:42pm

Why Salman Butt Apology to the nation, revealed....

MK Jul 01, 2013 05:18am

@ghulam ali: I do not know how you can say that he is our brother. I can say much but I can not disrespect you.

Vince V James Jul 01, 2013 03:34pm

OMG, this guy has the nerve to suggest that he wants to play for your country again. He should have been locked up in Pakistan after his release from prison in Britain.

Syra Rehman Jul 01, 2013 03:39pm

Since our Nation is way too generous to let politicians make a dreadful comeback after committing odious crimes that have much greater impact on a much broader scale , giving one more chance to these cricketers, especially when they are apologizing publicly should not be big deal