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PCB appoints ex-cricketers as members of PCB’s selection committee

Karachi, 1 December, 2023 (GNP): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the appointment of former cricketers Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, and Rao Iftikhar Anjum as “consultant members” to join Chief Selector Wahab Riaz in the selection committee.

Their immediate responsibility involves contributing to the selection panel for the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand, scheduled to begin on January 12, 2024, following the Test tour to Australia.

Alongside selection duties, these former players might conduct skills camps when not engaged in the selection process.

Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, and Rao Iftikhar Anjum, each with distinguished cricket careers, have assumed these consultancy roles with the PCB.

Akmal, renowned for his 15-year career, participated in 53 Tests, 157 ODIs, and 58 T20Is. Rao Iftikhar contributed in a Test, 62 ODIs, and two T20Is from 2004 to 2010.

Salman Butt, the former Test captain, played in 33 Tests, 78 ODIs, and 24 T20Is, making significant contributions during his tenure.

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However, the announcement of Salman Butt’s consultancy role has sparked controversy on social media due to his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.

The decision by PCB has faced opposition from cricket enthusiasts who have raised concerns about Butt’s past involvement in the controversial incident during his cricket career.

The appointment of Butt as a consultant has drawn mixed reactions, with some expressing reservations about his past association with the spot-fixing scandal, reflecting varied opinions within the cricket community.