LAHORE- Discarded cricketer Salman Butt has admitted to his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal and urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to allow him to play domestic cricket. 

Speaking at the press conference here on Friday, Butt apologised for disgracing the nation and urged the youngsters keep away from corrupt elements and concentrate on the game only. “I also accept the ban imposed on me by the ICC tribunal,” Butt said as he appealed for the cricket council to allow him and others accused to play on the domestic level to be ready for national selection when their ban is lifted.

There will no immediate implication in the wake of the apology. Butt will have to serve the five-year ban, compulsory under the ACSU code. The remaining five years of his 10-year ban is suspended. After the apology he has to start rehabilitation. In addition to doing that, he has to tell the whole truth to the ACSU and PCB. If he can do all that then he could resume playing, provided he has satisfied ACSU and agrees to further monitoring.

Butt added that he had informed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) about his availability and willingness to undertake the rehabilitation programme. “I want to give my availability for any PCB rehab programme and from the ICC. Since I have only two years left of my ban, I request the ICC to allow me to play in domestic cricket. So by the time my ban ends, I can be available for national selection.”

Butt received a 10-year ban for his role in the spot-fixing scandal, five years of which were suspended. The former Pakistan captain along with fast bowlers M Asif and M Aamir were convicted for their involvement in bowling deliberate no-balls during a Test match against England at Lords in 2010.

To a query regarding acting PCB chief Najam Sethi’s statement over Aamir’s ban reduction, Butt said: “It is a good decision taken by the acting PCB chief but instead of asking for just Aamir’s ban reduction, he should also request the ICC to reduce my and M Asif’s bans as well.”