LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has allowed left-hand batsman Salman Butt and right-arm fast-bowler Muhammad Asif to play in the domestic ODI cup, which will start in January next year.
The decision has been taken with both players about to complete their rehabilitation in February 2016, following a five-year suspension from playing cricket.
“We have decided to allow them to play the one-day cup starting after the on-going first-class tournament in January,” espncricinfo.com quoted a PCB spokesman as saying.
“By the end of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (the premier first-class tournament in Pakistan) they would have finished all of their rehab programmes and they will be free to resume their domestic cricket. The [one-day] tournament is slotted in the second week of January.”
Both players were signed on by the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) after they became eligible to play all forms of cricket from September 2015 after serving a five-year ban imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
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