The Pakistan Cricket Board is not in a hurry to give two of its tainted cricketer a chance of returning to the first class cricket for Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif. It said they have to attend more anti-corruption rehabilitation programs to country’s cricket governing body’s trust, PTI reported.
Najam Sethi, Chairman of the PCB’s influential executive committee, said the Board had planned special rehabilitation programs for the two players whose spot-fixing bans expire on September 1, allowing them to return to cricket. He said the onus was on these tainted players to now meet and interact with everyone and convince them they had reformed.
Sethi also revealed that many current Pakistan cricketers are not happy with the idea of Butt, Asif and Mohammad Aamir returns in the fold of the national team.
“I don’t think they have to go into first class cricket straight away when the ban ends. They will have to attend the rehabilitation program of the PCB for two to three months,” Sethi on Geo Super channel.
“We had written to the ICC seeking clarification on some points and they have in reply left it to the PCB to complete the rehabilitation process of these players.”
But, Sethi refused to reveal the name of the players; even former Test captain Ramiz Raja mentioned a current bunch of players has irritated others with their return in first class cricket. He, like Sethi, also did not reveal mention any player’s name.
“Obviously we have to talk to these players, convince them and give them time to develop trust once again in the players coming back. The PCB itself needs to be very sure that they wouldn’t repeat the past because what happened in 2010 in England was very embarrassing and damaging for Pakistan cricket,” Sethi said.
“There are players in the national team who have apprehensions about trusting once again and fear for the morale of the team specially since next year we tour England where the media is unlikely to not remind the Pakistan team about what happened in 2010.”
Sethi said it is true that ICC had cleared the trio to play domestic and international cricket, but those were named in Pakistan’s own investigation headed by Justice Malik Qayyum report are still facing scrutiny and questioning from the media and people about their conduct.
“Their apologies, confessions and reformation need to continue,” he added.