Butt calls for trial in Pakistan

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Former captain Salman Butt has called for an open trial against him in Pakistan saying he didn’t get justice in a cricket corruption case which led to a lengthy ban and jail time.
The 27-year-old was found guilty by both the game’s governing body and a British court of orchestrating deliberate no-balls through two of his bowlers during the 2010 Lord’s Test against England, in return for money.
The deal was organised between Butt’s agent Mazhar Majeed and an undercover reporter for the now defunct News of the World, in a sting operation which exposed corruption in international cricket.
All three players were banned for a minimum of five years by the International Cricket Council and were subsequently convicted and jailed by a British court for corruption.
Butt, who was the last of the three released from the UK prison last week after serving less than a quarter of his 30 month sentence, protested his innocence.
“If you look at the evidence you can judge that I didn’t get justice,” Butt said in his first television interview since the affair, which aired on private channel Express News Thursday night.
“I had to make a sacrifice because I didn’t take anyone’s name, it didn’t suit me. It’s not about me or anyone else, it’s about Pakistan. I would like Pakistani courts, the Supreme Court, to hold an open trial and I am sure they will clear me.
“I don’t accept anything against me. If you look at the evidence against me, I had no links to spot-fixing. Who did and who planned it (I don’t know), but certainly I didn’t do that. I played for my country and respected that (honour).”
When asked about the discovery in his hotel room of notes marked by the News of the World, Butt replied: “Yes there were 4,500 pounds and that was my money. I had to inaugurate an ice cream parlour and got 2,500 pounds (from Majeed) in advance.
“I didn’t know that he had paid me notes which were marked. That was my money and that’s why I got them back (when I was released) and I have receipt of all that.”
Butt said the welcome he received in Lahore suggested people still loved him.
“It was an unexpected welcome. People showed they still love me. I wasn’t expecting it because I was coming from such a place,” said Butt of the welcome in Lahore last week.
He also vowed to represent Pakistan again.
“I will do my best to become a good human being and represent Pakistan again. It seems a long shot but I will do my best,” said Butt, who apologised for his actions on arrival last week.
“The people in Pakistan are very good, and the way they welcomed me, I am sure they will forgive me,” he added.
Butt was also due to hold a press conference Friday evening.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Butt should keep his head low. To begin with he is not going to be allowed to renter Britain for a very long time. He is a convincted criminal, he never appealed against his conviction. He appealed that his sentence was harsh which was turned down.

    Had it been in England he would have never been accorded a television interview and Muneeeza Jehangir should not have entertained him. She was herself unable to fathom the difference between the one who has been accused and the one who has been convicted in a court of law after a due process.

    This man is a convicted criminal. He has a record which will appear in his CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) certificate. He will not be able to find a job , have difficulty in getting a mortgage.

    What is he talking? He thinks we are fools sitting here in England.

    If has any issues he should ask for a judicial review in England.

  2. Salman Buty I do not have any objection to that as there are people at the top who are corrupt down to the core. My objection is that you chose Cricket which is called the Gentleman’s game. . Enough is enough, you have already brought a bad name to the country you represented.

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