ICC Ends Spot Fixing Ban On Muhammad Amir, Muhammad Asif and Salman ButtSports
In 2010, the careers of Muhammad Amir, Muhammad Asif and Salman Butt were put in jeopardy when British newspaper News of the World broke the story that the aforementioned players took bribes from a bookmaker, Mazhar Majeed, to bowl no-balls.
These players were later found guilty of the charges and were banned by the ICC for terms of between 5 and 10 years.The London court gave them prison sentences, ranging from six months to 32 months. These players also served jail sentences in the United Kingdom and were banned for different periods; Amir for five years, Asif for seven years and Salman for 10 years but this punishment was later deferred to 5 by tribunal of the ICC.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday confirmed that the bans of Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt would expire this year and that they would be eligible to play international cricket from the second of September this year. Mohammad Amir was granted permission to play domestic cricket in Pakistan earlier this year and will now be eligible to play international cricket again as well.
ICC released a statement stating:
“As with all players and other participants in cricket, all three players remain bound to comply with the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and the anti-corruption rules of all National Cricket Federations,”
In another release it was said:
“Consequently, if they should commit any further act of corrupt conduct they are liable to (i) further separate disciplinary proceedings for breaches of the relevant Code or rules and (ii) in the case of Asif and Butt and where such breach occurs during the suspended part of their original period of ineligibility, the activation of that suspended period of ineligibility.”
The ICC and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would be keeping a close eye on the trio. Amir’s performance in the forthcoming National Twenty20 Cup holds great importance as he the player most likely to make a comeback to the National cricket team.
However, the same cannot be said for Salman and Asif as they have a long road ahead of them before they can think of a comeback.