Mohammad Asif, the disgraced Pakistan fast bowler, has admitted to his role in spot-fixing and apologized to the nation and cricket fans across the globe.
The 30-year-old fast bowler admitted his guilt and accepted the five-year ban imposed on him by ICC.
The confession and apology isn’t likely to have an immediate impact on the five-year ban imposed on him by ICC Tribunal. Initially the tribunal had handed a seven-year ban to Asif but two years of it was later suspended.
The fast bowler said he is optimistic of the revival of his international career, adding he is ready to undergo ICC and PCB rehabilitation programmes.
Asif and his teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were found guilty of plotting deliberate no-balls alongside agent Mazhar Majeed during the Lords Test against England in exchange of money.
Butt admitted to his role in spot-fixing last month while Amir had pleaded guilty before ICC tribunal prior to the decisive hearing of the case in a London court, which sent trio players behind the bars for different lengths.
Asif also advised to the players to stay away from the cricket corruption and said he is ready to help any player “who wants to avoid such pitfalls”.