Disgraced Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif is anguished and disappointed that some former cricketers are against the idea of letting players banned for spot-fixing return to the game after being reformed and rehabilitated.
Earlier this week a statement by former captain Rameez Raja set tongues wagging when he questioned the wisdom of the Pakistan Cricket Board to try to get some relaxation for Muhammad Aamir from the ICC.
“I don’t know why some former players who are our seniors feel we shouldn’t be given a chance to resurrect our cricket careers and reform ourselves,” Asif said.
Asif, Aamir and former captain Salman Butt were all banned for a minimum of five years by the ICC anti-corruption tribunal in early 2011 for spot-fixing during the fourth test against England in August, 2010.
The trio, who were immediately suspended by the ICC in September 2010, have also served jail sentences in the UK for the same offence.
Officially, the five year ban on Aamir ends in August, 2015 while Butt and Asif will also be eligible to apply for relaxation after their minimum five year ban period also ends at the same time.
Butt and Asif have already met Chairman of the PCB to plead their cases that the board should also speak up for them in the ICC.
But there is a clear divide now developing in Pakistan’s cricket community over whether the trio should be allowed back into the sport.
“Why not because we have admitted we made a grave mistake and committed a crime for which we have served our punishment. But at same we have also apologised for our actions and we want to reform ourselves,” Asif said.