KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to chalk out a rehabilitation programme for Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, as part of their reintegration into the cricketing community. Both were banned for spot-fixing and their ban ends on September 2, will be required to take part in an anti-corruption educational programme, have sessions with a...
KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to chalk out a rehabilitation programme for Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, as part of their reintegration into the cricketing community.
Both were banned for spot-fixing and their ban ends on September 2, will be required to take part in an anti-corruption educational programme, have sessions with a psychologist, and ply their trade in grade cricket for a start. It was learnt that the PCB will make the programme public later this week, a leading cricket website reported on Wednesday.
PCB has accepted the ICC’s decision to lift the ban imposed on Asif and Butt at the earliest possible, but they will not be allowed
to take part in the domestic T20 cup in Rawalpindi starting from September 2, it said.
Instead, they will have to start at the bottom and prove their form and fitness before making it to higher levels of the game.
As part of the educational programme, the pair will have to visit all domestic regions, across four provinces, and spread awareness on corruption issues. They will lecture the players, coaches, and officials at the domestic level on anti-corruption.
“ICC requires us to put these boys under a programme in which they address the players and lecture them on anti-corruption,”
Shaharyar Khan, the PCB chairman, said.
“They should tell the players at all levels about their misconduct and the disgrace they brought into cricket. Meanwhile, we are allowing them to play club cricket and grade 2 cricket, the same policy we adopted with Amir.
“They also have to see psychologist, and by playing grade 2 cricket have to prove their ability and fitness. They can’t assume they will pick up where they left off five years ago. After all, they haven’t played cricket for last five years. We have to see many
factors, including how age has affected them. At the moment they cannot walk back into contention for top cricket, they have to prove their ability to make their way into first-class cricket, PCB boss said.”
“The point to understand is the public must accept them, and more importantly the other present players – many players expressed to us that they will not play with them. So this rehabilitation will eventually help them to be accepted in the dressing room and in the public. We have been in disgrace these last many years, and it’s a big stigma on Pakistan cricket,” Shaharyar Khan said.
Salman Butt, Asif and Mohammad Amir were banned for 10 (five years suspended), seven (two years suspended) and five years
respectively, after an ICC tribunal found them guilty of spot-fixing in a case stemming from the 2010 Lord’s Test. The possible reduction in the penalty came on the condition that Asif and Butt would commit no further breach of the anti-corruption code and participate in a PCB-controlled anti-corruption education programme.
The ICC ACSU official met both the players to assess how both have changed over the last five years – in which they could not engage in any kind of cricket activity. The details of the meeting haven’t been disclosed, but the ICC has confirmed it has decided against activating the additional suspended years. – APP