Tainted Pakistani duo Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif could play in Caribbean Premier League
Salman Butt stated on Tuesday that he now has permission from (PCB) to play in the Caribbean League.
New Delhi: Tainted Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif coulld feature in the upcoming fourth edition of the Caribbean Premier league in July.
The spot-fixing convicts could therefore see themselves having their first international outing after they were relieved of their five-year spot-fixing ban in September 2015.
Earlier, the duo along with young paceman Mohammad Amir were charged of taking illegal money in return for arranging deliberate no -balls during the Lord's Test against England in 2010. All three were also jailed in the UK.
With Amir already having represented Pakistan recently in the limited overs series against New Zealand, both Butt and Asif know there is a window of opportunity to get back in the national side. Pak coach Waqar Younis had recently stated that doors will be open for the two players if they stay fit and impress in the domestic circuit.
Salman Butt stated on Tuesday that he now has permission from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play in the Caribbean League.
"When our bans were lifted in September last year, the PCB had cleared us to play in any league around the world, so I am eligible to play in the Caribbean league which will give me a good opportunity to regain my place in the national team," Butt said.
Meanwhile pacer Asif was also keen to feature in the league and stated that will also help him to improve his rythm with world class players.
"The league will give me a better opportunity to improve my rhythm with world class players in the teams," said Asif.
The Caribbean league was initiated in 2013 on the pattern of lucrative Twenty20 league (IPL) in India.
Butt and Asif recently played the national one-day cup at domestic level. Both impressed in their respective outings.
Butt scored 536 runs in the seven one-day cup matches which ended last week, with a hundred and four half centuries while Asif managed seven wickets in as many games.
However, neither Butt nor Asif were included in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) due to start in Dubai from Thursday.
Mohammad Amir meanwhile will feature in the PSL.