PCB drops Salman Butt as consultant after Wahab Riaz’s objection

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to terminate the services of Salman Butt as a consultant to Chief Selector Wahab Riaz, following a controversy over his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.

Salman Butt, who was the captain of the Pakistan team at the time, along with fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, was found guilty of deliberately bowling no-balls in exchange for money during a Test match against England at Lord’s in 2010. The trio was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for five years and also served jail terms in the UK.

The PCB had recently appointed Salman Butt as a consultant to Wahab Riaz, who is also the player of the Lahore Qalandars franchise in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). However, Wahab Riaz expressed his displeasure over this decision in a press conference on Saturday, saying that he does not want Salman Butt to be part of his team as he does not respect him as a cricketer.

“I have nothing personal against Salman Butt, but I cannot work with someone who has tarnished the image of Pakistan cricket and brought shame to the nation. He does not deserve to be associated with cricket in any capacity. I have told the PCB about my reservations and they have assured me that they will look into the matter,” Wahab Riaz said.

The PCB confirmed on Sunday that they have removed Salman Butt from his role as a consultant and that they will appoint someone else in his place. A PCB spokesperson said that they respect Wahab Riaz’s opinion and that they do not want any conflict of interest or controversy to affect the performance of the national team.

“We have taken note of Wahab Riaz’s statement, and we have decided to end our contract with Salman Butt. We had hired him as a consultant on a temporary basis to assist Wahab Riaz in selecting the best possible squad for the upcoming tours. However, we understand that Wahab Riaz is not comfortable working with him, and we respect his sentiments. We will soon announce a replacement for Salman Butt,” the PCB spokesperson said.

The information in this article is based on publicly available sources, and changes to the situation may occur. It is advised to verify the latest updates from reliable news outlets or official statements from the Pakistan Cricket Board for the most accurate and current information regarding Salman Butt’s status as a consultant and any related developments.

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