Dhaka - The disgraced former Pakistan captain Salman Butt
has arrived in Bangladesh to play his first full-fledged competition outside
his homeland since serving a five-year ban for spot fixing, an official said on
He was cleared by the Pakistan Cricket Board to play in the
latest edition of the Dhaka Premier League, a popular Bangladesh club franchise
which runs until March 20.
Butt has committed to a full season for local giants
Mohammedan Sporting Club, a club captained by Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al
The former Pakistan skipper is expected to make his debut
against Brothers Union on Wednesday.
Mohammedan official Wasim Khan said the club was looking for
a left-handed opener and Butt "easily fit" the profile, adding they
were not concerned about his past."It happened long, long ago. He already served out his
ban," he said.
"We don't think it should be an issue now. We have seen
him scoring runs and that is important to us."
Butt was captain of Pakistan when fast bowlers Mohammad Asif
and Mohammad Amir delivered deliberate no-balls during a Test match against
England at Lord's in August 2010.
The trio admitted to working with a bookmaker and served
time in prison in England before being suspended for a minimum five years by
the International Cricket Council.
The ban ended on September 1, 2015.
Amir has since returned to international cricket but Butt
and Asif's careers were limited to Pakistan's domestic competition.
Butt was allowed to play two matches in a Twenty20
competition in the United Arab Emirates in January - one controversial match in
that event is under investigation by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit - before
being cleared to play in Bangladesh.
Dhaka Premier League is a 50-over tournament featuring many
retired international players including Pakistan's Wasim Akram and Shahid
Afridi, Sri Lanka's Arjuna Ranatunga and Sanath Jayasuriya, India's Ajay Jadeja
and England's Neil Fairbrother.