Pakistan decide against selecting Butt

Butt will have to continue waiting to make his international return

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Pakistan have opted not to call up former captain Salman Butt for the upcoming tour of the West Indies due to the ongoing investigation into corruption in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Butt was considered to be the mastermind of a spot-fixing scandal in a Test match in England in 2010 and was subsequently banned for five years. He also served time in prison for his crimes.

It is understood that last month, Butt was informed that he was on the selectors’ radar for the tour of the Caribbean given his strong performances in domestic cricket.

However, last week, he was told that he would have to continue waiting to make his international comeback as him returning amidst the investigation into the PSL corruption scandal could be viewed in the wrong light.

Four Pakistan players – Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan – have been provisionally suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for their alleged involvement in the PSL scandal.

Nasir Jamshed, meanwhile, was arrested in the United Kingdom before being released on bail.

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