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Top critiques of Salman Butt’s selection consultant appointment that could’ve led to his sacking

The cricketing landscape of Pakistan found itself at the center of a storm with the appointment of Salman Butt as a consultant to chief selector Wahab Riaz. This move sparked a significant uproar due to Butt’s involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal. Let’s delve into the top critiques surrounding this contentious decision that ultimately led to his sacking.

1. Backlash from Former Cricketers

1.1 Ramiz Raja’s Outspoken Disapproval

Former Pakistan captain and ex-PCB chief Ramiz Raja expressed vehement disapproval of the decision. In an interview with Cricbuzz, he criticized the inclusion of Butt, stating that having a selection committee member with a tainted past is “insane.”

1.2 Sarfraz Nawaz’s Shock and Apprehension

Former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz echoed the sentiment of shock, emphasizing that the move could have severe consequences. He voiced concern about the impact on the country’s cricketing image and questioned the wisdom of appointing tainted players to such crucial roles.

2. Historical Criticism from Ramiz Raja

2.1 Previous Stance on Mohammad Amir

Ramiz Raja’s critique of Butt’s appointment is not isolated. In 2020, he had criticized the selection of Mohammad Amir in the national team despite his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal. This history of skepticism towards players with tainted pasts raises questions about the PCB’s decision-making.

3. Mohammad Hafeez’s Role in Reversal

3.1 Social Media Backlash and Hafeez’s Intervention

Team Director Mohammad Hafeez played a pivotal role in the reversal of Butt’s appointment. Social media backlash, coupled with old videos surfacing where Hafeez claimed he wouldn’t work with fixers, amplified the pressure on PCB. Hafeez’s proactive stance forced the cricket board to reconsider and ultimately reverse the controversial decision.

4. Prime Minister’s Office Intervention

4.1 Withdrawal Following PMO Notice

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) intervened in response to the public outcry. Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar, the PCB patron-in-chief, ordered the withdrawal of Butt’s appointment. The PMO statement emphasized the need for a controversy-free selection committee and highlighted the abundance of talent in Pakistan.

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