Asif, too, confesses to spot-fixing
After Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir, fast bowler Mohammad Asif has also come to his senses, or, if put it other way, he thought it prudent to confess to his wrongdoings after finding all doors closed.
In an emergency press conference in the Karachi Press Club, Asif apologised the nation for his actions and promised he would not repeat the same in future.
Asif insisted that he was ashamed of what he did, although he looked cool and calm during the press conference.
He said he was in talks with the International Cricket Council and the Pakistan Cricket Board and assured both that he wanted to attend the rehabilitation programme and was available anytime should the ICC and the PCB need him in this regard.
The pacer said he was hopeful is fans would forgive him.
Asif said he had much cricket left in him and that he was working on his fitness. He hoped the ICC would now treat him leniently after the apology and provide him chance to resume his international career by cutting his ban.
He advised young cricketers to refrain from fixing, as it not only brings shame for the doer, but also for his family and nation.
In August 2010, the 29-year-old bowler delivered two no-balls deliberately in a Test against England at Lord’s. The scandal was unearthed by a UK tabloid the News of the World. Later the ICC banned Asif, Amir and Butt for at least five years each.
- Author: Shoaib Jutt
- 15 August, 2013