Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has sternly stated that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should make an example and not make the mistake of recalling tainted opener Salman Butt.
Butt, whose international ban expired more than a year ago, is in the reckoning to earn a Test recall after 7 years when Pakistan tours the Caribbean for a series comprising of three Tests. Butt has been in good form off late in the domestic circuit, piling up over 700 runs in the first class tournament.
Afridi, while speaking to the press some time ago, was of the view that if Butt was given another chance in the national side, then the PCB would be sending a wrong message to all stakeholders. With a convicted fixer like Butt being recalled, it would just promote other potential match fixers to put the game in constant jeopardy.
“Such measures will keep players from acting irresponsibly in the future,” Afridi said.”My stance has been simple from day one. Had we set this example in the past, incidents like the recent spot-fixing scandal would never have emerged,” he said.
The former skipper, though, was beaming with joy regarding talent emerging from the remote towns of Pakistan. “Academies and facilities exist in major cities but in small cities of the province no such facilities exist so all credit to the coach management that they reached out to talented cricketers in rural areas,” Afridi said.
“The Peshawar Zalmis will be participating in the Emirates T20 and the majority of the players on tour are those that emerged from last year’s talent hunt. Who knows, some of these players may become a part of the national squad very soon,” he concluded.