The International Cricket Council`s five-year bans on former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and pace bowler Mohammad Asif ends on Wednesday, but the long road back for the players will begin under heavy restrictions.
Pakistan's tainted cricketers Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif said that they wanted to "redeem" themselves for their past mistakes as their five-year ban handed by the ICC for spot-fixing expires today at midnight.
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and pace bowler Mohammad Asif can return to cricket this week following five-year spot-fixing bans, but age and public hostility mean the pair face a hard road to redemption.
Australian captain Michael Clarke and Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara may have bid adieu to international cricket but Pakistan veteran Younis Khan has no such plans as he dreams of becoming the first Pakistani to score 10,000 Test runs.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has ruled out an immediate first-class return for the tainted duo of Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif, saying that they would have to attend further anti-corruption rehabilitation programs to regain the PCB's trust.
Faced with divided opinion on allowing tainted cricketers Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif to make a comeback to the domestic and international cricket, PCB on Thursday sought clarification from the ICC on the issue.
Pakistan's banned duo of Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif on Wednesday vowed to redeem themselves and serve as anti-corruption role models after ICC confirmed that they are eligible for a return to competitive cricket from September 2 this year.
The ICC on Wednesday confirmed that Pakistan cricketers Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt will be eligible to return to competitive cricket at both domestic and international levels after the sanctions against them expire at midnight on September 1.
Senior Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has credited his Indian tennis player wife Sania Mirza for reviving his career in the national team, saying her hardwork, dedication and success as a professional athlete has driven him to lift his game and make a successful comeback.