Lahore - Involving the tainted trio of
Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir will be "extremely
dangerous" for the reputation of the inaugural Pakistan Super League
(PSL), former captain Ramiz Raja has said.
Former captain Butt and pacemen Asif and
Amir were cleared by the International Cricket council (ICC) to return to
competitive cricket from September 2 after serving bans for a fixing scandal in
The trio have been put under strict
monitoring by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and local media have ruled out
an international return for any of them before February.
The inaugural PSL, to be held in February
in either United Arab Emirates or Doha, is likely to feature them but Raja
feared it would be a setback for the image of the Twenty20 competition which
will also feature players including Kevin Pietersen, Shakib Al Hasan and Dwayne
"I have solid views regarding this
matter. The crime committed by them is unforgivable," Ramiz, now a
commentator, told Dawn News.
"I personally would never want them to
be a part of the PSL as it is going to be extremely dangerous for the model of
the event and image of Pakistan cricket."
He resented the trio being allowed to use
Lahore's National Cricket Academy for their rehabilitation.
"They get special treatment at the
NCA. They are provided with young players to train with, they get their clothes
washed and have food at the academy. This is not acceptable," he said.
Twenty20 leagues in India and Bangladesh
have been hit by corruption scandals and Ramiz, who played 57 Tests between
1984-1997, said PSL organisers must be vigilant against the menace.
"With involvement of money comes in
the potential of corruption, but avoiding such circumstances totally depends on
high quality management and organising skills."