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Fixing-convicted former Pakistan cricket captain withdrawn as marketing consultant | Cricket Information

Fixing-convicted former Pakistan cricket captain withdrawn as marketing consultant | Cricket Information


Salman Butt has been withdrawn a day after his much-criticised appointment as choice marketing consultant for the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Cricket authorities in Pakistan have withdrawn spot-fixing convicted former captain Salman Butt from a consultancy position a day after his appointment was introduced, following criticism from the media, followers and cricket specialists.

Butt, together with former gamers Kamran Akmal and Rao Iftikhar Anjum, was appointed as a marketing consultant for the boys’s nationwide staff, based on a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) assertion on Friday. Nevertheless, Butt was withdrawn from the place a day later in a hastily-called press convention by chief selector Wahab Riaz.

“I’m reverting the choice to rent Salman as we’re mates and I’ve been accused of nepotism in appointing him,” Riaz instructed reporters at PCB’s headquarters in Lahore on Saturday night.

“As chief selector, it’s as much as me whom I wish to rent to assist me so I employed him [Butt] as he has information of home cricket and possesses cricketing thoughts, however there was a substantial amount of debate because the determination was introduced,” Riaz mentioned.

“I’ve instructed Salman he can’t be part of my staff,” he added.

The PCB turned down Al Jazeera’s request for a touch upon Butt’s appointment after his position within the sport’s arguably greatest corruption scandal.

Butt was the central character in a spot-fixing scandal that despatched shock waves by way of the cricket world in September 2010 when a British tabloid’s undercover recording unveiled sports activities agent Mazhar Majeed boasting of how he may prepare for gamers to rig video games for cash.

Then Pakistan captain Butt and his then teammates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir had been discovered responsible of corruption as Pakistan bowled deliberate no-balls throughout a Check match towards England at Lord’s in 2010.

Butt spent seven months of a two-and-a-half-year time period at Canterbury jail in southeast England, whereas Asif and Amir served half of their one-year and six-month phrases, respectively.

The opening batter, who performed 33 Exams, 78 one-day internationals and 24 Twenty20s, additionally served a five-year ban from taking part in the sport.

After finishing the ban, he returned to play home and franchise cricket in Pakistan. The 39-year-old additionally makes common stints as a cricket commentator and pundit.

‘Completely diabolical’

The transfer to nominate Butt led to widespread criticism amongst Pakistan cricket followers and specialists, who urged the board to take away him instantly.

Cricket author Kamran Abbasi termed the choice “completely diabolical” and known as for Riaz to resign from his place as chief selector in a publish on X.

Followers mentioned handing Butt a task that may instantly have an effect on the number of the nationwide staff was a “despicable determination” and “abhorrent transfer” that may damage the credibility of the board.

“A person’s previous involvement in corruption makes it difficult for stakeholders, gamers, and sponsors to belief their choices or actions,” Pakistan fan Zainub Razvi wrote in a publish on X.

Cricket commentator Aatif Nawaz mentioned regardless of Butt’s information of the sport, he should be evaded the present gamers given the “crime for which he was convicted”.

Wholesale modifications

The PCB has made a flurry of modifications since Pakistan was knocked out of final month’s Cricket World Cup in India following a poor run of outcomes.

Babar Azam stepped down from captaincy of the staff in all three codecs of the sport, and was changed by opening batter Shan Masood in Check cricket and Shaheen Shah Afridi in T20s.

Head coach Grant Bradburn, staff director Mickey Arthur and batting coach Andrew Puttick had been all let go, whereas bowling coach Morne Morkel stepped down from his position as nicely.

Former captain and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez took over the position of staff director, and former Pakistan bowlers Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal are additionally a part of the new-look assist workers as bowling coaches.

The board’s prime administration has additionally modified palms ceaselessly over the previous few years. Present PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf returned to the helm after a niche of 10 years, changing former chief Najam Sethi, who held the place for six months.

Pakistan’s males’s staff returns to motion with a three-match Check sequence in Australia, beginning December 14.



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