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I feel very sorry: Asif

Karachi: Disgraced Pakistan pacer Mohammed Asif on Wednesday confessed to his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal and tendered an unconditional apology to the countrymen for his actions.

Nearly three years after he was handed a seven-year ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from any form of cricket, the 30-year-old fast bowler admitted to his guilt for the first time.

“I accept the punishment from the ICC tribunal in 2011. I apologise for my actions that have brought disrespect to my beloved country, to the millions of fans in Pakistan and in the world. When I look back at the events of my career, I feel very sorry,” Asif said during a press conference at the Karachi Press Club here.

Asif, along with Mohammed Aamer and then-captain Salman Butt were banned by the ICC for agreeing to bowl deliberate no-balls in return for money during the Lord’s Test against England in 2010.

An anti-corruption tribunal of the ICC banned Butt for 10 years with five suspended, Asif for seven years with two suspended and Aamer for five years. “I request all the players who want to represent their country that they must keep away from all sorts of corruption,” Asif said. (Agencies)