PCB to monitor tainted trio, as ban on Butt and Asif ends

Karachi,Sep.2 : The ICC’s five-year ban on former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt and bowler Mohammad Asif ended today, but the pair will be put under strict monitoring by Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) before being allowed to play again.

Thirty-two-year-old Asif confirmed that the PCB has asked him to improve on his fitness, attend psychiatrist sessions and give lectures to young players against misdeeds, the Dawn reports.

He added that he is provided with two-month time to achieve the target, only after which he can be allowed to play freely.

Butt, however, insisted that he just wants to play cricket, which runs through his blood.

Meanwhile, a PCB official said the tainted trio, which includes Mohammad Amir as well, will only be allowed to play controlled cricket and can start with club cricket for now.

The disgraced trio were found guilty of match-fixing in the Lords Test between England and Pakistan in 2010.(ANI)