<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Mohammad Asif admits role in spot-fixing; tenders apology on Pakistan's Independence Day" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130423132454.jpg" title="Mohammad Asif admits role in spot-fixing; tenders apology on Pakistan's Independence Day" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Mohammad Asif, who will be 32 years old when the five-year ban ends, requested other players who want to represent their countries that they must keep away from all sorts of corruption © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Karachi: Aug 14, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Disgraced Pakistani fast bowler <a href="/tags/Mohammad-Asif/post" target="_blank">Mohammad Asif</a> on Wednesday apologised for his role in a notorious 2010 spot-fixing scandal, admitting his guilt for the first time and accepting a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Banned-Asif-weighs-up-next-move/302" target="_blank">five-year ban.</a><br /> <br /> The 30-year-old is the last of three players to come out with a confession, after team-mates <a href="/tags/Salman-Butt/post" target="_blank">Salman Butt</a> and <a href="/tags/Mohammad-Aamer/post" target="_blank">Mohammad Aamer</a> admitted their part and presented themselves for rehabilitation.<br /> <br /> Asif, pace partner Aamer and then-captain Butt were banned for contriving deliberate no-balls in return for money during the Lord's Test against England in 2010.<br /> <br /> A year later an anti-corruption tribunal of the <a href="/tags/ICC/post" target="_blank">International Cricket Council</a> (ICC) banned Butt for 10 years, with five suspended, Asif for seven years with two suspended and Aamer for five years.<br /> <br /> The tribunal had made confession, apology and rehabilitation mandatory to avoid the suspended portion of the ban.<br /> <br /> "I accept the punishment from the ICC tribunal in 2011," Asif said at a news conference.<br /> <br /> "I apologise for my actions that have brought disrespect to my beloved country, to the millions of fans in <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan </a>and in the world."<br /> <br /> The trio and their agent <a href="/tags/Mazhar-Majeed/post" target="_blank">Mazhar Majeed</a> were also jailed by an English court over the affair in 2011. The players were released last year.<br /> <br /> Touted as the best new-ball bowler in the world by legendary Pakistani paceman Imran Khan, Asif's career was first derailed in 2006 when he and fellow paceman Shoaib Akhtar tested positive for banned steroids.<br /> <br /> They were let off by a <a href="/tags/PCB/post" target="_blank">Pakistan Cricket Board</a> (PCB) tribunal but another failed dope test in the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008 resulted in a one-year ban for Asif.<br /> <br /> He was also detained at Dubai airport on return from the 2008 IPL after a banned drug was found in his possession.<br /> <br /> Asif said he felt sorry for his repeated mistakes.<br /> <br /> "When I look back at the events of my career, I feel very sorry," he said.<br /> <br /> Asif warned future players to avoid the pitfalls of fixing.<br /> <br /> "I request to all the players who want to represent their countries that they must keep away from all sorts of corruption," he said.<br /> <br /> "I am ready to help any player who wants to avoid such pitfalls. I will duly cooperate with the ICC, its anti-corruption unit and with the PCB in fighting the corruption in the game."<br /> <br /> Asif said he was ready to go through the PCB rehabilitation programme.<br /> <br /> "I have suffered a lot because of my wrongdoings. Now on the Independence Day of my country, I promise that once my ban finishes I will try to repair the damage I have done."<br /> <br /> Before the ban, Asif had taken 106 wickets in 23 Tests and was widely regarded as one of the most skillful new ball bowlers in the game.