I have no links with spot-fixing: Salman Butt

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Published: Saturday, June 23, 2012, 16:22 [IST]
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No links with spot-fixing, claims Butt

Lahore, Jun 23: Tainted cricketer Salman Butt who was released from jail and returned home on Friday, has said that he would clear his name following spot-fixing allegations.

Butt alongwith Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif were accused of being involved in spot-fixing as they had deliberately agreed to bowl two no-balls in exchange for money.

The 27 year old cricketer, was sentenced to 30 months jail sentence, on charges of accepting the corrupt payment for during Pakistan's tour of England 2010 and was released after completing a seven-month sentence.

Similarly Aamer was released in February after a six month sentence, while Asif who was jailed for 12 months was freed in May.

Butt, returned home to a chaotic welcome as over 200 fans had gathered at Lahore airport, while the tainted cricketer shouted for space and then spoke to the media for a few minutes, and vowed that he would clear his name from spot-fixing.

"I am happy and relieved," Butt said. "I want two to three days with my family, and once I do that, I will hold a detailed press conference to answer all [the] questions to clear my name from spot-fixing."

Butt was hopeful of leaving the difficult phase of life behind him as he had witnessed a lot of difficulties during the last few years.

"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," said Butt of his son, born on November 3, the day he was sentenced.

Butt said that he had no links with spot-fixing and he regrets having not complained against those who made those offers.

"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."


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