Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt who was part of the famous spot-fixing scandal in 2010 also involving Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif is all set to return to play his first full-fledged competition outside his hometown ever since serving a five-year ban for his involvement in the scandal.
The southpaw was cleared by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play in the Dhaka Premier League, a famous Bangladesh franchise tournament which will run till 20th March.
Butt will be representing the Mohammed Sporting Club which is captained by the star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Butt in all likelihood will be making his debut against the Brothers Union on Wednesday.
One of the officials of the Mohammedan Official Wasim Khan stated the club was in search for a left-hander and Butt fitted into the profile pretty easily. They further added they weren’t concerned about his past.
“It happened long, long ago. He already served out his ban. We don’t think it should be an issue now. We have seen him scoring runs, and that is important to us.” Wasim Khan said.
Butt was the skipper of Pakistan during a Test against England in Lord’s in August 2010 when his teammates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir bowled deliberate no balls.
The trio admitted of their association with a bookmaker. However, it was Butt who instructed the then teenager Mohammad Amir to bowl the no-balls, and Asif later recalled at such a young age he was intimidated by his skipper and felt that his career might be in jeopardy if he didn’t join hands with Butt.
However, he still regrets what he did today.
Butt’s ban ended on 1st September 2015, but he hasn’t been able to make a return to the Pakistan scheme of things. Amir has recently returned to the setup and will remain in the coming years. However, Asif and Butt’s progress has been restricted to first-class tournaments.
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