DUBAI: Salman Butt, the former Pakistan captain, could face a possible punishment after taking part in the unsanctioned Ajman All Stars T20 League that is the subject of an International Cricket Council investigation into possible match-fixing.
The match in question was between the Dubai Bulls and Sharjah Warriors with several Dubai Bulls batsmen being stumped or run out during their chase of 136. A two-minute-and-36-second video has gone viral on Youtube.
Salman Butt, alongside fast bowler Mohammad Asif, was part of the questioned Ajman All Stars League.
“I went there as I was not picked for the national regions one-day cup by Lahore and I was doing nothing. But when I reached there I realised it was just an amateur level event which had no match referee, ICC anti-corruption representative or even scorers,” Butt told media.
The former skipper stated that he played two games in the league, but was pleased with ICC investigations. “Since the spot-fixing scandal, I try to stay away as far as possible from any related controversies. I am happy the ICC is investigating the event because they were lot of flaws in it. But I played just two games and than went away to Dubai,” he explained.
Butt claimed that he was told it was a private cricket event and was not required a non objection certificate (NOC) by the PCB. “They told me it was a private tournament and not sanctioned so no NOC was required to play. When I went there I realised it was just a badly managed street level event and it made no sense to me.”