Former Pakistani banned Test Skipper Salman Butt has not given up hopes of a comeback to cricket after the International Cricket Council reconsidered its anti-corruption program instruction and left the authority of pleading cases for outlawed players to the home Boards.
Under the reconsidered program instruction a home Board can request the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit head to allow an outlawed player to return to domestic cricket field before his ban ends officially. The Pakistan Cricket Board has already stated it would move smoothly to beg the case for Aamir.
Salman along with his team members Mohammad Asif and Aamir was prohibited for a minimum of five years in 2011 for spot-fixing scam in the fourth Test against England in 2010 at Lords, said he would meet Pakistan Cricket Board officials to beg his case.
Butt who was Pakistan captain when the spot fixing scandal broke out said he is very happy at this review of the code and he is sure that if the Pakistan Cricket Board also begs his case the International Cricket Council will give it consideration. I would love to resume playing domestic cricket by next year.
The International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption board had foisted bans on all three players but while Aamir got a five year ban Salman has also got a two year suspended judgment which can be waived by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
He was still only 32 and had lots of cricket left in him. He has deep regrets for what happened and know it was wrong and they have been punished for it. He requested the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to now also look at their cases, Butt added.
But, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official told PTI that the revised anti-corruption program instruction of the International Cricket Council (ICC) carried some states for a outlawed player to be given consent to resume playing domestic cricket before his ban ends.
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