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|Pakistan’s former captain Salman Butt was released from an English prison early and returned home to a country in chaos. On his arrival, he spoke to mediapersons and vowed to clear his name after he was accused of spot-fixing in 2010, leading to a 30th month jail sentence in November.
Butt, 27, was jailed along with his team-mates Mohammad Asif, 29, and Mohammad Aamer, 20, for bowling deliberate no-balls in a test match against England in August, 2010. All three players were also handed a 5-year ban from the game. Aamer was released in February of this year after serving half of his 6-month sentence and Asif, who was sentenced to 12 months, was released last month. They were released early in order to start their rehabilitation with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), under the order of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Amid the 200 plus fans who had gathered at the Lahore International Airport, was Butt’s father Zulfiqar. After clearing Pakistan’s immigration authorities, the cricketer made his way out. At first, he angrily snapped at everyone for some space and left the area, but returned 10 minutes later to talk to the media, vowing to clear his name from the charges that had halted his career.
“I am happy and relieved. I want two to three days with my family and once I do that I will hold a detailed press conference to answer all questions to clear my name from spot-fixing,” he was quoted saying.
After denying any connection to the charges in 2010, he said that he wanted to return to the game as “a good person and cricketer”. He thanked everyone for their support and said he hoped his difficult days were behind him.
“I have no links with spot-fixing and my only mistake was that I did not make a complaint against those who made offers. I am consulting my legal advisers and will decide on when to appeal against the ICC ban,” said Butt.
"I want to come back as a good person and cricketer.
“I am thankful to all those who helped me in my difficult times and I hope that my tough days are over. I am desperate to see my second son who I have not seen since his birth.”
Butt’s second son was born on November the 3rd, the day he was sentenced.
All three cricketers have a right to appeal the ICC ban in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.