Mohammad Asif, the Pakistan fast bowler who was jailed in England for spot-fixing, has criticized the ICC, claiming ICC prejudiced his case ahead of the criminal trial in London by the timing of the judgment of its unbiased inquiry.
Asif, who talked to the media after much persuasion, said he’d not got a good deal from the ICC since the spot-fixing scandal 1st started in Sept 2010. “They didn’t ban Mervyn Westfield until the court reached its judgment. In my case, the ICC suspended me even before the court proceedings had started and I see this as bias. It’s a case of a no-ball and that can happen in a cricket match. I can never feel of staining my country’s name and I did nothing wrong,” he maintained.
Asif, along with Salman Butt, was found responsible at Southwark Crown Court on Nov 2011, on allegations of conspiracy to deceive and conspiracy to accept corrupt money over planned no-balls bowled during the Lord’s Test between Pakistan and England in August 2010. Mohammad Amir, the 3rd cricketer charged by the Crown Prosecution Service, had pleaded guilty to the allegations.
However, the 3 cricketers had already been found guilty by an ICC tribunal on Feb 5, 2011, and were suspended for various times. Asif’s ban was for 7 years and that punishment was declared a day after the CPS imposed its allegations against the cricketers.