- Sarfaraz Nawaz was unhappy with the appointment of Salman Butt.
- Butt was found guilty of spot-fixing in 2010.
- He was banned from cricket for five years.
Former cricket players are surprised by the situation surrounding Salman Butt’s appointment to the men’s national selection committee. Butt was found guilty of spot-fixing in 2010 and banned from the game. This has caused controversy.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) unexpectedly revealed on Friday that Wahab Riaz, the head selector, had engaged Salman Butt, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, and former international cricket player Kamran Akmal as “consultants.”
Melbourne hero Sarfraz Nawaz expressed his complete amazement, stating that such appointments will return national cricket to the days of widespread match-fixing.
The former fast bowler for Australia claimed that upon reading the PCB handout, he was astounded by what he saw.
“All my life I have been fighting against this menace and had to shift to England under growing life threats from the mafia. When I came to know that the PCB is making no difference in clean and tainted players, I was shocked.”
These corrupt athletes, according to Sarfraz, have sold Pakistan’s reputation and played with its prestige.
“Why were these even considered for any post under the present regime? I am seriously thinking of writing a letter to PCB Management Committee chairman Zaka Ashraf highlighting the issue which will bring a bad name to Pakistan cricket,” Nawaz lamented.
“This is not an ordinary decision but one that will have far-reaching implications. It is something serious. Look for what these tainted cricketers are there to help the chief selector in picking the talented players for future international commitments. I am afraid that such a practice would leave a bad image on the country’s cricket. That should not have happened. It is very unfortunate that tainted players were included on the panel. It is also against the NA/Senate Committees findings and recommendations.”
He claimed that there are many clean players in the league, including Shoaib Muhammad, Muhammad Sami, and countless others who, had they been included in the selection panel, could have had a significant impact.
Additionally, Sarfraz told Mohammad Hafeez to step down from his position as director of coaching right once because he had previously stated that he would never work with dishonest individuals in a board setting.
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