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Banned Asif sorry for spot-fixing

Suspended Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif has apologized publicly for his involvement in a 2010 spot-fixing scandal and pledged to cooperate with the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit.

In 2011, Asif was banned for seven years — two of them suspended — for bowling predetermined no-balls during the Lord’s test against England. Teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir were also banned for a minimum period of five years for similar offences.

Asif told reporters on Wednesday: “I apologize for my actions that have brought disrespect to my beloved country.”

Asif said he will cooperate with the ICC, its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit and the Pakistan Cricket Board “in fighting corruption in the game.”

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