Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif return to cricket after bans

Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif
Butt (left) was captain of Pakistan when players deliberately bowled no-balls as part of a betting scam

Former Pakistan internationals Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif have returned to cricket after five-year bans for spot-fixing in a 2010 Test against England.

Butt scored 135 runs and Asif returned bowling figures of 2-22, both for Water and Power Development Authority in Pakistan's domestic one-day tournament.external-link

Butt, 31, and Asif, 33, were exiled from the sport, along with bowler Mohammad Amir, after Pakistan bowled no-balls to order at Lord's.

"It's a sort of rebirth," said Butt.

Butt's figures

"I will do my best to perform and return to Pakistan team."

The duo finished on the winning side, with Water and Power Development Authority beating Federally Administered Tribal Areas by 141 runs.

Amir, 18 at the time of the offence, was recalled by Pakistan earlier in January.

Although his ban - like Butt and Asif's - was originally from all forms of cricket for five years, Amir was cleared to play domestic cricket in January 2015 and is part of the Pakistan tour of New Zealand which begins with a Twenty20 match on Friday.

Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis has said there would be no reason to deny Butt and Asif their international comebacks if their form justifies selection.

After their series against New Zealand, Pakistan will play four Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international on a tour of England that begins in June.

Asif's figures
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