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Salman Butt Dropped from PCB’s Selection Consultant Position After Backlash

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to remove former captain Salman Butt from the selection consultant position after facing criticism from the public and some players. Butt, who was involved in a match-fixing scandal in 2010, was one of the three former cricketers appointed by Chief Selector Wahab Riaz to assist him in picking the squad for the tour of New Zealand in January.

Riaz clarified that Butt did not participate in the selection process for the Australia tour and that his appointment was only under consideration. He said that after thorough deliberation, the final verdict was to not include Butt as a consultant member. He also said that Butt’s involvement in the selection panel was only for the five-match T20 International series in New Zealand.

Butt’s appointment had sparked outrage among the cricket fans and experts, who questioned his credibility and integrity after his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the cricket world in 2010. Butt, along with Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for five years for deliberately bowling no-balls in exchange for money during a Test match against England at Lord’s. Butt was also sentenced to 30 months in prison by a UK court.

Among the critics of Butt’s appointment was senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez, who had expressed his displeasure on social media. Hafeez, who is also part of the squad for the Australia tour, had tweeted that he was not in favor of giving any role to those who had tarnished the image of Pakistan cricket.

The other two consultants appointed by Riaz were Kamran Akmal and Rao Iftikhar Anjum, both former teammates of Butt. Riaz did not mention whether they would continue to work with him or not.

The PCB had announced the 18-member squad for the Australia tour on Thursday, which included five uncapped players. The team will play three Tests and three ODIs against the hosts from December 15 to January 14.

The Pakistan cricket team arrived in Canberra, Australia on Friday, after a journey from Sydney. They are there to play a four-day Test match against the Australian Prime Minister’s XI. The match is set to take place from December 6 to December 9 at Manuka Oval.

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