ICC unhappy with Salman Butts commentary stint

The ICC is unhappy with Salman Butt signing a commentary deal with a Pakistan news channel.

Mumbai, February 16, 2011

By CricketCountry Staff

The Executive Board of the International Cricket Council has expressed disappointment with banned Pakistan player Salman Butt inking a commentary deal with a Pakistan-based news channel for the upcoming World Cup.

ICC informed through social networking platform Twitter, “The ICC Executive Board met at the ICC headquarters in Dubai on 15 February and also held a joint session with members of the CEC this week. The Board expressed disappointment at the decision by a minor Pakistan television channel to employ Salman Butt as a studio pundit.”

After being banned for 10 years from the game due to spot-fixing charges in a Test match series played in England last year, Butt signed a commentary deal with Channel 5 for giving expert comments during the World Cup.

“As I am not playing in the event I thought it was worth participating as an expert,” Butt said after signing the deal.

Butt, who was hoping that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and ICC should not object his involvement as a commentator said, “My career is with cricket and I will play cricket, just for the World Cup I want to turn as expert.”

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