Salman Butt is keen to return to the international fold © Getty Images
Salman Butt is keen to return to the international fold © Getty Images

Salman Butt has stated publicly his desire to be able to play for his country again after the term of his five-year international and domestic cricket ban is set to end on September 1. The Pakistani cricketer was banned for his role in spot fixing also involving Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif during a Test series in England in 2010. As the date of the end of his five-year suspension period approaches, Butt has urged youngsters to learn from his mistakes, so as to not repeat them. ALSO READ: PCB seeks clarification from ICC over Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif’s return to cricket

“I pray to God that nobody should go through such a phase in his life,” Butt was quoted as saying by indianexpress.com. “My request to children is that instead of committing a mistake, they should learn from our mistake and be a good human being and a good cricketer,” Butt added.

Butt and Asif are required to go through rehabilitation programme by PCB before they can be eligible for domestic cricket in the country again and Butt is willing to undergo the grind. “I have already given my availability to the PCB and whatever requirement of the tribunal is, I am here to fulfill it,” Butt said.

Butt knows that he will need some attuning before he gets to his best in the domestic circuit. “Over the last five years I have practiced and trained regularly,” Butt said. “It’s true that if you don’t play competitive cricket for some time you get rusty but with few matches it will be fine.”