In the ever-evolving world of cricket, controversies are as much a part of the game as the cricket ball itself. The latest episode involves former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, who, after a brief stint with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selection panel, finds himself at the center of attention with a job offer from the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).
Salman Butt, along with Kamran Akmal and Iftikhar Anjum, was appointed as a consultant member to the chief selector by the PCB. Their role was to advise Chief Selector Wahab Riaz in team selection for the upcoming series against New Zealand.
Within a day of the appointment, Salman Butt faced swift removal from the panel due to intense criticism faced by the PCB for associating with a player tainted by the 2010 spot-fixing scandal. This move left many questioning the decision-making process within the PCB.
Salman Butt’s involvement in the infamous 2010 spot-fixing scandal marked a dark chapter in his cricketing career. The left-handed batsman was not only banned for ten years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) but also served time in jail for his role in one of cricket’s most significant scandals.
Post his ban, Salman Butt sought redemption through domestic cricket, showcasing his batting prowess in Pakistan’s domestic circuits and the Pakistan Super League. However, the shadows of the past continued to cast a long trail over his cricketing journey.
Amidst the fallout with the PCB, Salman Butt received an unexpected lifeline from the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). Reports suggest that the ACB has extended a job offer, proposing the role of Batting Consultant for the upcoming series against India.
After an impressive World Cup campaign, Afghanistan is set to take on India in a three-match T20I series. The ACB’s interest in Salman Butt indicates their determination to enhance their batting prowess, seeking the experience of a seasoned campaigner.
Before the spot-fixing scandal marred his career, Salman Butt had an illustrious international career, representing Pakistan in 33 Tests, 78 ODIs, and 24 T20Is. His contributions included over 4000 runs, featuring 11 centuries and 27 half-centuries.