LAHORE - Salman Butt has accused Shahid Afridi of giving a statement against him in spot-fixing to get over the shock of losing his captaincy.
Butt told the media in his hometown here during the Eid holidays that Afridi had given a statement against him in the spot-fixing case which led to the ban and jail terms for Butt and two other Pakistani players, Muhammad Aamir and Muhammad Asif.
All three have served their jail terms in the United Kingdom but are still under a minimum five year ban from the International cricket Council anti-corruption tribunal for their role in the spot fixing scandal that broke out during Pakistan's tour to England in 2010.
On that tour, Afridi led Pakistan in the first Test at Lords against Australia which they lost heavily. After that, Afridi stepped down as Test captain and Butt took over from him leading the team to test wins over Australia and England on the tour.
Afridi also lost his one-day and T20 captaincy in May, 2011 after a dispute with the Pakistan cricket Board. "I think he was upset and in a shock over the captaincy issue and that is why he gave the statement against me," Butt said.
"I have never indulged in any match or spot fixing and I never gave any instructions to Aamir to bowl the no-ball during the Lords test against England," Butt claimed. Butt and the two others were charged with spot fixing during the fourth Test against England in 2010. Besides Afridi, former Pakistan coach Waqar Younis and ex-security manager Najam also gave damning statements to the ICC anti-corruption unit during the spot-fixing investigations. Butt said that he would continue to plead his innocence of spot-fixing but was financially finding it difficult to bear legal expenses. "I also wanted to appeal my case with the international court of arbitration for sports in Switzerland but the Pakistan cricket Board didn't support me at all," the disgraced opener said.