The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Shahryar Khan, released a statement stating, former Pakistan Test captain, Salman Butt, has allegedly confessed his involvement in match fixing, following which he and two of his team mates were banned from playing international cricket for five years. Salman Butt was involved in the spot-fixing case in a Test match against England at Lord’s in August,2010.
According to Shahryar Khan, Butt has signed the confession statement as of now. While talking to the journalists he said, “Butt had not specifically confessed to spot-fixing, so we gave him a statement to sign and he has specifically confessed to spot-fixing.” Butt had also spoken to reporters a couple of years ago regarding the same.
Salman Butt debuted in 2003 in international cricket. Before getting banned, he represented Pakistan in 33 Tests,78 ODIs and 24 T20Is. He also captained his team in 6 Test matches.
Salman confirmed his signing the statement, “I have signed a confession letter because I want to play domestic cricket. I have offers from a few teams to play the forthcoming season.”
ICC has already approved that the banned players can continue their domestic careers even before the ban expires. On the other hand, he is also hopeful to play international cricket again, regarding which he says – “Why not? If my form and fitness impress selectors then I look forward to playing international cricket.”
Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif & Mohammad Amir were all banned for a tenure of five years. All of them, including their agent Mazhar Majeed were jailedas well in 2011.