Butt begs PCB to help end ban


Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has called on his country's cricket board to help put an early end to his five year spot fixing ban.

Butt was banded for minimum of five years in September 2010 by the International Cricket Council (ICC). He told AFP that he still had hope of ending the ban early.

"Cricket is my bread and butter and I hope the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) take up my appeal as well as this is the only chance I can relive my passion, that is cricket," Butt said.

"I have been to the PCB offices a dozen times in the past year to know what else I have to do to complete my rehab but I am still waiting for their final reply."

Butt was banned for taking a bribe in order to bowl no-balls in a Test against England at Lord's in 2010.

Fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were also banned over the incident. The bans are set to end in August next year.

On Monday, the ICC revised its anti-corruption code to allow banned players to feature in domestic matches a few months before their bans expire.

The Pakistan cricket board is likely to apply for Amir's band to be cut short, but says that Butt and Asif have not yet completed their rehabilitation.