<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Salman Butt's admission to spot-fixing surprises former cricketers" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130629013412.jpg" title="Salman Butt's admission to spot-fixing surprises former cricketers" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Salman Butt admitted to his involvement in spot-fixing in a Test match against England in 2010 © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Karachi: Jun 28, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> The <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan</a> cricket community was left perplexed on Friday after former captain Salman Butt, who is serving a ban for involvement in spot-fixing, for the first time <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Salman-Butt-admits-to-spot-fixing-apologises-to-fans/28405" target="_blank">admitted to his part in corruption</a>.<br /> <br /> The cricket community was left wondering as to why it had taken Butt more than two years to admit his crime and seek an apology.<br /> <br /> "He should have done it much earlier. After constantly denying he was involved in spot fixing in 2010 in that Lords Test and saying he was a victim of injustice his statement today is hard to digest," former captain <a href="/tags/Rashid-Latif/post" target="_blank">Rashid Latif</a> said.<br /> <br /> Pakistan's former Test batsman and coach, Mohsin Khan said Butt has realised the damage he had caused to Pakistan cricket.<br /> <br /> "What is done is done but he now has to face the consequences of his actions. I hope he plays his role in helping cricket remain clean of corruption and fixing," he said.<br /> <br /> Butt told the media in his hometown Lahore that he had done wrong and wanted to set things right.<br /> <br /> "What I did was wrong and I sincerely apologise to my countrymen and cricket followers all over the world for damaging the sport and causing them hurt," he said.<br /> <br /> Butt and teammates, <a href="/tags/Mohammad-Asif/post" target="_blank">Mohammad Asif</a> and <a href="/tags/Mohammad-Aamer/post" target="_blank">Mohammad Aamer</a> were banned by the ICC's anti-corruption tribunal in Feb, 2011 after the spot-fixing scandal broke out during Pakistan's tour of England in 2010.<br /> <br /> The three were also found guilty last year of spot-fixing by a crown court in London and spent different terms in jail before returning home.<br /> <br /> Butt, 28, said he wanted to make things right and knew he had caused lot of damage to Pakistan cricket through his actions.<br /> <br /> "I apologise to all those people whose sentiments I hurt with my actions. I also want to tell all young players today don't ever get involved in such things it is useless and it finishes you," he said.<br /> <br /> "I am ready to undergo any rehabilitation program and I will also appeal to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman <a href="/tags/Najam-Sethi/post" target="_blank">Najam Sethi</a> to look into my case and kindly allow me to at least resume playing domestic cricket when I complete my ban," he said.<br /> <br /> Butt also appealed to the interim chairman of the to take up his case with the ICC.<br /> <br /> "I have served more than two years ban and also spent time in jail. I would appeal to the board to do something for me."<br /> <br /> Butt and Asif had also appealed with the International Court of Arbitration for sports which rejected them this year.<br /> <br /> Aamer, however, has already confessed to spot-fixing in the Lords Test and is undergoing a rehabilitation program in Pakistan.<br /> <br /> When contacted Asif said he would try to meet with the PCB chairman when he returns from London.<br /> <br /> "I will decide what to do after meeting Najam Sethi but I am willing to do anything they tell me to do. I will follow their advise," he said.<br /> <br /> Asif said he didn't want to comment on Butt's statement.