Afridi: Butt should not return to the national team

“Such measures will keep players for acting irresponsibly in the future”

Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi believes that ex-skipper Salman Butt should not be allowed to play for the national team again.

Afridi’s comments come in the midst of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) investigation into a corruption scandal that revolved around the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL).

While Butt is not under investigation, he was involved in a spot-fixing scandal in 2010, for which he was banned for five years and spent time in prison.

Even though Butt was punished for his crimes, Afridi pointed out that barring him from playing for Pakistan again will act as a deterrent for other cricketers that think about immersing in the illegal trade.

“Such measures will keep players for acting irresponsibly in the future,” Afridi said.¬†“My stance has been simple from day one. Had we set this example in the past, incidents like the recent spot fixing scandal would never have emerged.”

In the ongoing probe into the PSL corruption scandal, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan have all been provisionally suspended by the PCB. Meanwhile, Nasir Jamshed was arrested in the United Kingdom before being released on bail.

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