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Published on Sunday, 01 July 2012 11:06
Written by Umair Qazi
I have thought and thought and have failed to understand what Salman Butt hoped to achieve through his interview on Express News on Thursday and his press conference on Friday.
"I am innocent", "it was Mazhar and Aamir", "I did not get justice", "I want the supreme court to look into this".
Cut the bullshit Butt!
I can't believe that he is still trying to fool the Pakistan fans. Our seniors might have gotten away with screaming the same phrases, which they do so today as well, but lets face it man - the evidence that is in front of the entire nation paints Salman Butt as the main culprit in this whole spotfixing drama and there is no way that he can change the perception of the public, the team management, the cricket board, or the ICC.
Majority of the media in Pakistan is not buy his claims of innocence.
And neither is the public with 90% of the fans refusing to believe him in this poll
conducted by the Express Tribune.
Who is he trying to fool anyway?
We are not going to forget his face that hung with shame and guilt during the first press conference held in England on the day the spot-fixing news was made public. Yawar Saeed had to step in and answer as Butt could barely speak.
We are not going to forget Butt walking up to Aamir just before the delivery to Trott and then looking on with intent at the line that Aamir was supposed to overstep (and did) instead of concentrating on the batsman.
We are not going to forget the pictures of Butt and Mazhar Majeed roaming around the UK in a convertible.
We are not going to forget about the money that was found in Butt's room, nor your statement where you first said that it was your own money for your sister's wedding, and then said some of it came from the opening of an ice-cream parlor and the rest from adidas.
We are not going to forget the lies and deceit Salman Butt. We are not.
I can't believe that he is actually blaming the whole thing on Mazhar Majeed and Mohammad Aamir. He is carrying around a document that shows text message between Mazhar and Aamir - but what about all those phone conversations and text messages between Mazhar and Salman Butt?
Butt might have forgotten but the ICC tribunal that banned the trio from the game actually made their report and findings public. So he needs to realize that his lies about not exchanging calls or messages with Mazhar and not brokering a deal to bowl the no balls are not going to fly with us.
The best thing Salman Butt could have done after returning from the UK was to sit at home and not speak to or meet with anyone.
I reckon he should still do that and just disappear.
He really should not harbor any hopes of playing cricket ever again.
Aamir might even return to international cricket with all the support he is getting from the ICC and the PCB. While Asif might even end up playing some domestic / club cricket once his ban is over.
But Salman Butt; all he deserves is to sit at home and never face the public ever again!
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