Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former player Salman Butt was appointed to Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) selection committee alongside Kamran Akmal and Rao Iftikhar Anjum, by the chief selector Wahab Riaz on Friday. However, Riaz made an announcement on Saturday regarding the removal of the former cricketer. The decision came just a day after Salman’s appointment, which had sparked a significant public outcry.

The decision faced severe criticism and generated significant blowback. Butt was banned over a high-profile spot-fixing scandal for which the former skipper publicly apologized.

Explaining the reason behind Butt’s appointment, Riaz said that there was extensive public debate surrounding the nomination of Butt. Unfortunately, numerous individuals raised multiple concerns and objections regarding this matter.

“I firstly want to clarify that he is not on any PCB panel. Secondly, he is a good cricketing mind who understands cricket and has been covering domestic cricket for the past two to three years,” said Riaz.

“As the chief selector, I decide who will be the people working with me and who I will need the support of. There is no one else’s pressure. It was my decision and I am reverting it. I think it is very necessary for people to understand to move forward in life,” he added.