Salman Butt Talks About Corruptions In Pakistan Cricket
Tainted former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has recently opened up about the corruptions in Pakistan cricket. He feels that the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) need to talk about this as they bring the law.
Salman Butt was once a very important batsman in the Pakistan national cricket team. During his captaincy, he and two more Pakistan pacers, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were alleged to be involved in the spot-fixing scandal in 2010. Butt faced the 30 months of jail and five-year of suspension from the game.
After completing the suspension period from the game, Butt has hugely impressed in his domestic career where he also showed his impressive consistency with the bat. But while Amir has returned to the national team after completing the five-year ban, Butt has never returned to the national team once again.
Recently, the legendary Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad has come with the advice of hanging till death the tainted players who involved in the match-fixing crime. Butt hasn’t put any opinion on this. However, he questioned how corruption is working in the Pakistan national cricket team as he knew some players who earned regular chances only due to their connections.
Butt recently claimed according to PTI, “I really don’t understand why should anyone even speak on this issue and give his opinion because it doesn’t really matter. Bottom line is that only the ICC and PCB should be speaking on this as they make the laws.
“I know players who have been added to the team because of their connections and there have been several players who have made numerous comebacks without giving any meaningful performances. Are these things different from corruption? We shouldn’t even talk about integrity in Pakistan cricket.”
Punishment implies that once you have served the time, you should be treated like any other player: Salman Butt
Butt feels that the tainted players also should be treated like the other players after completing the suspension period.
He added, “Punishment implies that once you have served the time, you should be treated like any other player. Where does their integrity go when they are in the mix and working with those people? Or when they endorse players because of their connections.”
Salman Butt served for Pakistan from 2003 to 2010. He played 33 Tests, 78 ODIs and 24 T20Is where the left-handed batsman scored 1,889 runs (average 30.46), 2,725 runs (average 36.82) and 595 runs (average 28.33) respectively.
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