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Salman Butt dropped from PCB selection committee amid backlash

Wahab Riaz, the Chief Selector of PCB, clarified the status of Salman Butt’s involvement with the team

Salman Butt has been dropped from the PCB selection committee amid backlash!

On Saturday, Wahab Riaz, the chief selector of the Pakistan men’s cricket team, announced that former cricketer Salman Butt was dropped as a member of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) selection committee a day after his appointment.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium today, Wahab Riaz said: “I am reverting that decision and I’ve already spoken to Salman Butt and told him that he cannot be a part of my team because I do not want that people link us in any way.”

Elaborating on the lead-up to the selection committee’s appointments, Wahab Riaz said there was a lot of public debate on Salman Butt’s name and “many people created a lot of issues over it”.

“I firstly want to clarify that he is not on any PCB panel. Secondly, he is a good cricketing mind who understands cricket and has been covering domestic cricket for the past two to three years.

“He was made my consultant only as far as taking his opinion is concerned on which some people and media houses are probably doing propaganda, trying to ruin affairs and linking me with it.”

 

The appointment of Salman Butt, who was previously involved in a match-fixing scandal, sparked public outrage and drew disapproval from senior cricketers as well.

 

Saman Siddiqui

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