ICC mulling over reintegration of banned players

Butt is one of the players that will really benefit if this amendment is passed

Butt is one of the players that will really benefit if this amendment is passed

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) are considering whether they should allow banned players to play domestic cricket within a certain period before their ban ends.

If this amendment is passed, it will be extremely important for the Pakistan trio of Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif since they will still have a chance of playing competitive cricket after serving their respective bans.

Butt was banned for 10 years, Asif for seven and Amir for five after they were found guilty of spot-fixing during a Test match against England in 2010.

“The revised code is being discussed in the meetings and hopefully we could bring it to you in finality in the November meeting,” ICC chief executive David Richardson said. “There is a provision now in the revised code which will allow a player who has been banned internationally to play domestic cricket a certain period up from his ban coming to an end.”

Richardson also noted that players are constantly being made to attendĀ anti-corruption education programmes, but admitted that he was still worried about bookies continuing to approach players.

“Reasonably we are on top of the things and have things under control,” Richardson said. “What has been very encouraging is the level of the support of every player. We went through a phase over the last five when players were very reluctant to come forward to share any information and we were operating in the dark.

“But now through the education the player gets lectures in every tournament and the fact is now we are getting the report of even the most innocent approaches that possibly could start something. So to me it’s a very good sign. But the threat is not diminishing. In fact, you get the feeling you get these fixers are all around the world and they looking for every opportunity, finding new ways of reaching out to the players through social media as they are trying to stay ahead of us and we have to try and stay up and speak [about] what they are trying to do.”

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