Salman Butt to assist Wahab Riaz in Pakistan selection affairs
Spot-fixing convict Salman Butt will provide consultation to Wahab Riaz in the selection affairs of the Pakistan’s men’s sides.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has also announced that Kamran Akmal and Rao Iftikhar will be the other two consultants to the chief selector, and the trio will take up roles with the immediate effect. Their first task is to put together a squad for the away T20 International series against New Zealand in January.
This is Butt’s first assignment with the PCB since the breakout of the scandal that resulted in his incarceration in the United Kingdom along with Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. As a Pakistan Test captain, Butt spot-fixed the Lord’s Test against England in the summer of 2010, along with the two pacers.
Butt returned to cricket in Pakistan’s domestic circuit after serving a ban and led WAPDA to the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy title in 2016. He was in contention to be selected for Pakistan’s Test tour of the West Indies in 2017, but following the breakout of the spot-fixing scandal in the 2017 iteration of the Pakistan Super League, the board shelved plans for his international cricket return. Butt, who is now 39, played 33 Tests, 78 One-Day Internationals, and 24 T20Is.
Akmal, who played 53 Tests, 157 ODIs, and 58 T20Is and retired from international cricket earlier in the year, was named the head of the junior selection committee and the member of the senior selection committee earlier in the year, but he subsequently withdrew his name from both. The former wicketkeeper was also questioned around the same 2010 spot-fixing episode and had received a notice from the International Cricket Council following the 2010 T20 World Cup.
Iftikhar has previously been part of Shahid Afridi’s selection committee and has played one Test, 62 ODIs, and two T20Is.