Butt was under ICC scanner during T20 World Cup

Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 14:23 PM IST

Zeecric Bureau

London: Suspended Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt, it has been revealed, was under the ICC (International Cricket Council) anti-corruption unit’s scanner long before the sting operation led by a British newspaper resulted in the spot fixing racket getting exposed.

Butt was last week banned for 10 years by an anti-corruption tribunal of the International Cricket Council on charges of spot-fixing. His teammates Mohammad Asif was banned for seven years and Mohammad Amir for five years by the tribunal.

ICC tribunal’s full judgment, published recently, has revealed a detail of various SMS and phone call records between Butt and Mazhar Majeed, who acted as his agent, during the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies last year.

The discussions that took place between Butt and Majeed was not considered while making the decision to ban the Pakistan trio.

Meanwhile, Butt has entered into an agreement with a private television channel to give expert opinion on the World Cup.

Sources confirmed that Butt had entered into an agreement with the channel five television for giving comments on the World Cup.

“He is being paid an undisclosed amount for the entire World Cup, said to be around half a million rupees,” a source said.

“Butt will be giving expert opinions on some matches of the World Cup particularly those involving Pakistan in the tournament,” the source added.

“Clearly if Butt does appear on a television channel as an expert during the World Cup, many people are going to question the ethics of having a banned cricketer comment on the mega-event and Pakistan team,” the source said.