Pakistan former captain Salman Butt has confessed to commit spot-fixing. He admitted it for the first time before media, because he had no other option left. It means the position he maintained during the investigations done by the International Cricket Council and later in the case of corruption and fraud in England was a pack of lies. And now after being rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sports, he has decided to kneel down.

[caption id="attachment_1792" align="alignright" width="300"]Salman Butt had no option but to apologise after being rejected from the ICC, Britain’s court and the International Court of Arbitration (Photo: AP) Salman Butt had no option but to apologize after being rejected by the ICC, Britain’s court and the International Court of Arbitration (Photo: AP)[/caption]

Talking to the media in Lahore, Butt said he admitted the decision of the ICC tribunal and apologised those who had been disappointed by his wrongdoings.

Now Butt has to cooperate with ICC's anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU) and must take part in Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption course. However, Butt has presented his demands in a single day as if he was trying to make the most of his confession. He demanded the PCB to get ICC’s approval for him so that he could play domestic cricket and when he completes the ban after two year, he would be ready to represent Pakistan. Impenitent.

Butt, who was slapped with a 10-year ban after spot-fixing allegations during the Lord's Test in August 2010, remained imprisoned in England for over a year. But as if it were not enough, he challenged the ICC’s ban in the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) as soon as he was released from jail. But after having been shunned from there too he had no option but to offer an apology. Because an apology can cut his 10-year ban to half and, possibly, he may join the national team again after serving a ban of five years.

He is the same Butt who refused to accept the reality in front of the ICC investigation tribunal and, in fact, later he tried to wriggle his way out of the episode after putting blame on his teammates. Even when he returned home after serving imprisonment, he maintained that Mazhar Majeed and Mohammed Amir conspired against him. All of this fell flat on his face when the ICA also rejected his plea.

Let’s see what the PCB will do to soothe his nerves so that he stops shifting gears.
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