Lahore - Pakistan duo Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt will see their suspensions
for spot-fixing expire at midnight on September 1, the International
Cricket Council announced on Wednesday.
Asif and Butt, along with
paceman Mohammad Amir, were banned in 2011 over a spot-fixing case which
shook the cricket world when it was revealed by the now defunct British
tabloid News of the World in August 2010.
The Pakistan trio,
along with their agent Mazhar Majeed, arranged deliberate no-balls
during the Lord's Test against England in 2010 in return for money in a
deal made with an undercover reporter from the tabloid.
The ICC said both Butt and Asif have completed their rehabilitation.
are eligible to play in domestic and international levels, on 2
September 2015 after fulfilling the specific conditions laid down by the
independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal," the ICC said in a press release.
five-year ban was relaxed in January this year after the ICC amended
its anti-corruption code, which allowed him to play domestic cricket in
Pakistan six months before his ban expired.
All three players will have served five-year bans.
was the compete sentence imposed on Amir, who differed from fellow
seamer Asif and his then captain Butt in pleading guilty to his original
"Amir will be eligible to return to cricket at
international level at the same time, following permission being granted
to him to return to play domestic cricket in Pakistan earlier this
year," the ICC said.
"As with all players and other participants
in cricket, all three players remain bound to comply with the ICC
Anti-Corruption Code and the anti-corruption rules of all National
"Consequently, if they should commit any
further act of corrupt conduct they are liable to (i) further separate
disciplinary proceedings for breaches of the relevant Code or rules and
(ii) in the case of Asif and Butt and where such breach occurs during
the suspended part of their original period of ineligibility, the
activation of that suspended period of ineligibility."
announcement means Butt, Asif and Amir will be eligible for Pakistan's
series against England in the UAE in October, five years on from the
Lord's Test, although it is unlikely, given how long they have all been
out of the game, that they will be selected.
was rocked by allegations of match fixing in 1995 when Australian trio
of Shane Warne, Tim May and Mark Waugh alleged then Pakistan captain
Salim Malik offered them bribe to underperform during a Test in Karachi
and a one-day match in Rawalpindi.
Malik was subsequently banned for life in 2000 by a judicial inquiry in Pakistan.
the same year the ICC's problems multiplied when South African captain
Hansie Cronje and India's Mohammad Azharuddin were also banned for life
in separate inquiries in their respective countries.
the ICC to form its Anti Corruption and Security Unit in 2001 but
administrators still admit that it is difficult to eradicate the threat
of fixing completely, given the millions of dollars that change hands in
illegal betting markets, mainly in Asia, during international matches.