PCB: Butt has confessed to spot-fixing

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Former Pakistan captain and batsman Salman Butt has, years after being found guilty of match-fixing, finally confessed to the crime, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman.

Butt, along with Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, was found guilty in 2010 of spot fixing, and has always denied the charge in the face of the evidence. All three were banned from the game for at least five years, and spent time in prison.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan told reporters on Tuesday that Butt has previously made a 'general confession' which the PCB rejected as too vague, and he has not signed a document pleading guilty to fixing specifically.

Khan  said: "Butt had not specifically confessed to spot-fixing, so we gave him a statement to sign and he has specifically confessed to spot-fixing."

Meanwhile, Amir, who was a teenager at the time, has returned to domestic cricket after having his ban lifted early, as he confessed almost immediate and co-operated with the ICC's anti-corruption unit.

Butt's confession is in light of Amir's return, as he wants to have the ACSU grant him leniency as well. His confession will now be sent to the ICC for further review.

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