PCB to allow 'disgraced' Butt, Asif to continue domestic careers after end of bans

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 19, 2013 05:50 hrs

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Mohammad Zaka Ashraf has said that the board will allow disgraced former captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif back into domestic cricket after they complete their bans for spot-fixing.

The Court of Arbitration for Sports had recently rejected appeals from Butt and Asif, who, along with team-mate Mohammad Aamir, were banned for a minimum of five years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after being found guilty of spot-fixing at the 2010 Lords Test against England, Sport24 reports.

According to Ashraf, although Butt and Asif will have to serve their spot-fixing bans, the PCB will include them in first-class domestic cricket after their ban period ends and see how they perform.

Stating that no player should ever fix, Ashraf said that if he does, he will destroy his future and bring a bad name to himself and to his country.

Butt, who was given a 10-year ban for his part in the 2010 spot-fixing controversy, was given a suspension for five of those years on condition that, throughout that period, he commits no further breach of the ICC code and that he participates in a programme of anti-corruption education. (ANI)

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