Banned trio sacked by its department

Published: February 14, 2011
NBP sacks Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.

NBP sacks Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.

LAHORE: The banned trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir faced further humiliation when their employer, the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), also distanced itself from them by refusing to renew their contracts.

The trio had their Pakistan Cricket Board contracts suspended in the wake of the damaging spot-fixing allegations and were banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) tribunal earlier this month.

“Since the trio has been banned from playing cricket, the NBP has also distanced itself from them,” NBP’s Executive Vice-President Iqbal Qasim told The Express Tribune. “We waited until the tribunal’s judgment since their contract ended on December 31 last year but decided against renewing them in the aftermath of the hearing.”

The three were guilty of charges relating to spot-fixing in the Lord’s Test last summer with Salman also guilty of breaching the ICC’s anti-corruption code by failing to report an illegal approach made to him by his own agent Mazhar Majeed.

The trio was given bans ranging from five to ten years with provision for an early return if they refrain from such activities in the future.

“It will very be hard to fill the gap as the trio was full of quality.

“The domestic season is almost over but from next year we will be recruiting their replacements,” said Qasim. Qasim also added that during the time the trio was provisionally suspended by the ICC, they were regularly paid their stipend until the end of the contract.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 15th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Jameel ur Rasheed - JR
    Feb 14, 2011 - 5:08PM

    Zabardast! Their nationalities should be canceled and their CNIC confiscated!Recommend

  • pervez ahmed
    Feb 14, 2011 - 5:26PM

    We waste no time in condemning the liberal West all the time but atleast they are better in one respect.Their society condemns & treats as outcasts those who are unethical or who sell out their country.These 3 cricketers of ours sold out their country for dollars & what did our society do??

    We’ve rewarded salman butt who betrayed his country for money by awarding him a handsome contract for his ‘expert opinion’ on the matches during the world cup by a tv channel.

    Atleast in the rest of the world they treat such people as outcasts & ostracise them from society so that the rest of the people get an example of what happens to those who sell out their country.

    But we’ve rewarded our betrayers.Why no one in the media condemns the people hiring salman butt for his expert opinion in return for a handsome amount??

    why doesn’t our public speak out against this rewarding instead of punishing of criminals??Recommend

  • wacky
    Feb 14, 2011 - 5:37PM

    Correct move. I assume PCB has already cancelled their central contracts and the tax authorities are investigating their tax affairs.Recommend

  • Sajid Rajput
    Feb 14, 2011 - 10:22PM

    they did illegal so they should be punished… i think this is the right step. Recommend

  • But..!!!!!
    Feb 14, 2011 - 11:13PM

    But Mark Waugh, Warne, Lille, Marsh, Stewart continue to live respectable lives even after taking money from Indian Bookmakers…isn’t it injustice…….. Recommend

  • sarah
    Feb 15, 2011 - 1:30AM

    this is the right thing to do, each place in the national side should be respected and rightfully earned by the players and future players. lesson: don’t take talent and position for granted, because there are many more passionate/ honest cricketers aroundRecommend

  • Vaqar
    Feb 15, 2011 - 2:11AM

    But..!!!!! (that’s a funny name)

    Two wrongs do not make a right! You have your facts mixed up with emotions. For once let us accept that our people (from all walks of life) do make errors of judgement exacerbated by greed. They should then expect to be held to account.

    If this helps future generations from straying, then this should be treated as a blessing. Time to move on.Recommend

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