Mohammad Asif Apologises For Spot-Fixing

Former Pakistan international Mohammad Asif has publicly apologised for his part in the spot-fixing controversy that rocked the cricketing world in the summer of 2010.

Asif, fellow fast bowler Mohammad Amir and captain Salman Butt were found guilty of colluding in a plot to bowl no balls at pre-determined times during the Lord's Test against England.

He was handed a seven-year ban (with two years suspended) from cricket and served a custodial sentence after being found guilty, both by the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption tribunal in 2011, and a trial by jury in the UK.

"I accept the punishment from the ICC (International Cricket Council) tribunal 2011," Asif said in Karachi.

"I apologise for my all actions that have brought disrespect to my beloved country. To the millions of fans in Pakistan and in the world when I look back at the events of my career I feel very sorry. I request to all the players who want to represent their countries that they must keep away from all sort of corruption.

"I am ready to help any player who want to avoid such a thing. I will co-operate with ICC's anti-corruption unit with the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) in the fighting against corruption in the game."

Earlier this year, Butt also publicly apologised for his part in the controversy, for which he was handed a 10-year ban, with five years suspended.

Amir, the youngest of the three, admitted his guilt at an earlier stage and could yet return to playing cricket at the highest level, something which remains unlikely for Asif, who will be 33 when the five-year ban expires.

Asif and Butt took their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which rejected their claims in April, before finally deciding to admit their guilt.

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