Sal­man Butt de­ter­mined to re­turn

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

KARACHI: For­mer Pak­istan cap­tain Sal­man Butt in­sists his love for cricket has not di­min­ished de­spite the player fac­ing spot-fix­ing al­le­ga­tions which, if proved, could end his pro­fes­sional ca­reer.

Butt, along with fel­low Pak­istan in­ter­na­tion­als Mo­ham­mad Asif and Mo­ham­mad Amir, have been charged un­der the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil's anti-cor­rup­tion code in re­la­tion to al­le­ga­tions of spot-fix­ing dur­ing the fourth Test against Eng­land at Lord's in Au­gust.

The 26-year-old told Sky Sports News: "The love of the game has got me there and that love is big­ger than any­thing, any cor­rupt thing, which ex­ists."

Butt, Asif and Amir were pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended pend­ing a hear­ing in Doha next month, and each man de­nies the al­le­ga­tions against him. The ICC have in­sisted they will take a strong line against any­one found guilty of cor­rup­tion in the game but Butt is hope­ful his cricket ca­reer is not at an end. Asked if he was wor­ried he would never play at the top level again, Butt said "I would cer­tainly not like to think like that." "I still re­main pos­i­tive and I know what I'm made of and where I've come from, and how I've played my cricket. -Afp

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