Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif return to domestic cricket
LAHORE (92 News) – Former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt smashed a century as he and Mohammad Asif returned to domestic action in the national one-day tournament on Sunday, four months after completing five-year bans for spot-fixing.
Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for bowling deliberate no-balls in return for money during the Lord’s Test against England on Pakistan’s tour in 2010. The three players and their agent Mazhar Majeed were later jailed in Britain.
Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif travelled to Hyderabad to play for Wapda against Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Butt, seen as a competent one-day batsman before his ban, showed signs of his past talents with a brilliant 143-ball 135 including 14 boundaries to lead his team to 278-7 in 50 overs.
Talking to media, the duo expressed happiness over returning to cricket after years of ban and said that they will try to make their place in the team through their performance.
Mohammad Asif said that the national team has strengthen with the return of Muhammad Amir and they are praying for the success in New Zealand tour.