WAPDA bag’s Salman and Asif
The controversial duo of Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif got their spot fixing bans lifted on 2nd September last month. Since then, they have been working on their recovery process under the supervision of the PCB. Now, both Asif and Salman are reported to have been signed for the WAPDA departmental team. Their signatures have been confirmed as non-executive Grade 17 employees. The duo themselves confirmed the news when talking to the media earlier this week.
Though, it is still yet to be confirmed if they would be allowed to play in the first class season of 15/16. Credit goes to WAPDA for securing their signatures, because once the rehabilitation process gets done with, the duo wont be able to sign for any other regional or departmental team, since they now have a contract. The rehabilitation process, as scheduled by the PCB, will end in February next year.
The senior coach of WAPDA, Amjad Saddique told ESPNcricinfo:
“Both have started training with us. We have also sent their names in the probables, but it’s now on the PCB on what they will decide. Meanwhile, we have signed a contract with them.”
When it comes to the details of the rehabilitation program for Asif And Salman, it includes anti-corruption programs, charity programs, second grade cricket and several sessions with psychologists. The pair would have to fulfill all these requirements well enough until February this year, and it is highly unlikely that they’ll feature in any top flight cricket this season.
Before their spot fixing bans, Asif and Salman played for the National Bank of Pakistan. Their partner in crime, young Mohammad Amir, who is currently playing for Sui, also played for the National Bank of Pakistan, before their contracts were terminated.
Unlike Amir who was handed a ban of 5 years, Salman and Asif were banned for 10 and 7 years respectively. The ban period was however reduced for the duo after they vowed not to break any more rules from the anti corruption code, and would participate in the PCB supervised rehabilitation process. The PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has had strict remarks and opinions about the tainted duo. In a recent interview, the PCB head is reported to have said:
“We will tell the region [team] too they cannot play until they prove their ability at the low level. They can’t be allowed to play any national championship but can only be allowed to play second-class cricket. They can’t walk back in the system with the reputation they had five years ago”