We've been declared guilty without any evidence: Butt
Pakistan's suspended Test captain Salman Butt is furious with not just the ICC but also the PCB for the way the spot-fixing case against him and the pace duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer is being handled as he feels they have been "declared guilty without any evidence".cricket Updated: Nov 02, 2010 10:55 IST
Pakistan's suspended Test captain Salman Butt is furious with not just the ICC but also the PCB for the way the spot-fixing case against him and the pace duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer is being handled as he feels they have been "declared guilty without any evidence".
Butt went on air on several television channels shortly after returning from Dubai after attending the ICC appeal's tribunal hearing which rejected his appeal and that of his teammate, Muhammad Aamer against their suspensions.
"I have no choice now but to now plead my case like this. Initially we didn't say anything because we didn't have any direct interaction with the ICC and the Pakistan Cricket Board was handling things on our behalf. Also we were bound by the code of conduct we had signed with the Pakistan board. But now after having seen from close range the way the ICC is handling our cases, I am disappointed," he said.
Butt said he was a bit disappointed by the attitude of the PCB.
"I don't know why they are doing this but no one from the PCB has even bothered to give us a call or find out what is happening with us. We have no choice but to now plead our cases ourselves and let the people know what we feel is happening," he said.
Butt said he was surprised at the tribunal decision because the ICC's anti-corruption unit had shown no other evidence except for the video and reports of the British tabloid 'News of the World'.
"They have shown us no evidence at all and yet they rejected our appeals without giving any reason why they were doing it. I can only say this is a biased decision and they are trying to corner us and Pakistan cricket," he said. Butt said he got a feeling there was a conspiracy against Pakistan cricket.
"You can see what is happening with Pakistanis the world over now. It is the same in our case. It is strange that someone is supposed to be considered innocent unless proven guilty. But in our case we have been declared guilty without any evidence and are now being told to prove ourselves innocent," he said.
"If anyone or someone has anything to show we were indeed involvement in corruption they should bring it forth."
First Published: Nov 02, 2010 10:52 IST