Salman Butt was the Pakistan skipper when the spot-fixing controversy broke in 2010 © Getty Images
Salman Butt was the Pakistan skipper when the spot-fixing controversy broke in 2010 © Getty Images

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Wednesday confirmed that the sanctions against Pakistan’s Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt for spot-fixing will expire at midnight on September 1, 2015. The duo along with paceman Mohammad Aamer was banned in 2011 over a spot-fixing case which shook the cricket world when it was revealed by the now defunct British tabloid News of the World in August 2010. The trio along with their agent Mazhar Majeed arranged deliberate no-balls during the Lord’s Test against England in 2010 in return for money in a deal with an undercover reporter of the tabloid. READ: Mohammad Aamer cleared by ICC to play domestic cricket in Pakistan

The ICC said both Butt and Asif have completed their rehabilitation.  “Both are eligible to play in domestic and international levels, on 2 September 2015 after fulfilling the specific conditions laid down by the independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal,” the ICC said in a press release. Amir’s five-year ban was relaxed in January this year after the ICC amended its anti-corruption code, which allowed him to play domestic cricket in Pakistan six months before his ban expired.

The ICC Press release further stated: As with all players and other participants in cricket, all three players remain bound to comply with the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and the anti-corruption rules of all National Cricket Federations.  Consequently, if they should commit any further act of corrupt conduct they are liable to (i) further separate disciplinary proceedings for breaches of the relevant Code or rules and (ii) in the case of Asif and Butt and where such breach occurs during the suspended part of their original period of ineligibility, the activation of that suspended period of ineligibility.