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Salman Butt’s return to cricket causes controversy

Salman Butt was banned for 10 years with five of them suspended © Getty Images
Salman Butt was banned for 10 years with five of them suspended © Getty Images

Aug 10, 2014

Banned for his involvement in spot-fixing in 2010, Salman Butt recently participated in the West End Ramadan tournament in Qatar. Butt represented the Elite Force Chowdhary CC in the tournament. The team is affiliated to the Qatar Cricket Association (QCA).

Butt is serving a ten-year ban of which five are suspended after he was guilty of influencing teammates to deliberately bowl no-balls in 2010. According to a report in Hindustan Times, the QCA registry states Chowdhary CC part of ‘A’ division in county league. The QCA has defended the move saying that the tournament in which Butt played didn’t fall under the purview of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“The tournament was privately conducted by the West End Park management and QCA was not involved in the tournament,” Jaber Bin Yusuf Jassem A Thani, general secretary of the QCA was quoted as saying by the newspaper. The ICC is yet to look in to the matter.

Butt is not allowed to play any cricket which falls under ICC’s purview. Butt along with pacers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif served prison terms and faced ban for their involvement in spot-fixing. Butt will be eligible to make a return to international cricket in August 2015.

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