Salman Butt, former Pakistan cricket captain who was involved in match fixing, has personally apologised to Shahid Afridi while they both met in National Cricket Academy. Pakistan Cricket team is training there for their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, whereas Salman Butt is now coming here for training after PCB has lifted his ban.
According to reports, Butt apologised to Afridi and even had tears in his eyes. Butt was the captain of the Pakistan Cricket team during the Match fixing scandal in 2010 in England. Butt said to Afridi that he is sorry for whatever happened in England and admitted that he should have listened to his advice. Afridi kept quite for some moment and then adviced Butt to focus on cricket now.
The trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were served a ban of 5 years each and they had also spent time in a jail in United Kingdom. Their ban expired on September 1st 2015, but they can’t play first class cricket as PCB has announced a reintegration and rehabilitation programme for them, which means that they will be able to play first class cricket only after February 2016.
This programme also involves the trio to reach out to their former teammates and apologise them for what they did and convince them for their return to first class cricket. Also, the trio should not have practised or trained near the Pakistan International team, something which was ignored yesterday. According to a report, several Pakistani players were uncomfortable with Butt being near to them.