Former Pakistan cricket captain removed as consultant after conviction | Cricket News

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Salman Butt’s appointment as a selection consultant for the Pakistan Cricket Board was met with criticism from the media, fans, and cricket experts. However, a day after the announcement, Butt was withdrawn from the position. Chief selector Wahab Riaz called a press conference to announce the decision, citing accusations of nepotism as the reason for reverting the appointment.

The controversy surrounding Butt’s appointment stems from his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal in 2010. Along with teammates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, Butt was found guilty of corruption for deliberately bowling no-balls during a Test match against England at Lord’s. He served a two-and-a-half-year prison term and a five-year ban from playing the game.

Despite completing his ban, Butt’s appointment as a consultant was widely criticized. Fans and experts expressed concerns about the credibility of the board and the impact of Butt’s past involvement in corruption on the national team’s selection process. The move led to calls for Riaz to resign from his position as chief selector.

The PCB has undergone significant changes following Pakistan’s poor performance in the Cricket World Cup. Babar Azam stepped down as captain, leading to the appointment of Shan Masood and Shaheen Shah Afridi as captains for Test and T20 formats, respectively. The coaching staff also saw changes, with Grant Bradburn, Mickey Arthur, and Andrew Puttick being replaced. Former captain Mohammad Hafeez took over as team director, and Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal joined as bowling coaches.

The PCB’s top management has also seen frequent changes, with Zaka Ashraf returning as chairman after a 10-year gap. The men’s team is scheduled to play a three-match Test series in Australia, starting on December 14.

In conclusion, the withdrawal of Salman Butt’s appointment as a selection consultant reflects the ongoing changes and challenges within the Pakistan Cricket Board. The controversy surrounding his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal has raised questions about the board’s decision-making and the credibility of the national team’s selection process. As the team prepares for upcoming series, the PCB continues to navigate through a period of transition and change.

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