Less than ten days ago, Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were banned from cricket for five years. Everybody knows that. But what you may not know is that less than a week later, Pakistan’s disgraced former captain has been signed up by a Pakistani TV company to offer insights during the World Cup.
The TV company in question is Pakistan’s Channel Five network. What on earth are they thinking? I know that Butt might be able to provide information that other pundits can’t – like when noballs are going to be bowled in advance – but surely even television executives know that the decision to employ a disgraced cricketer, just a few months after his indiscretion, is wrong.
A ban from cricket should mean a ban from cricket. Why should Butt be able to make money from the game he has done so much to damage? He obviously has no shame. Instead of showing his face on TV and profiting from his absence from the Pakistan team, he should be seeking redemption and building bridges.
Forgive us, but this news is going down about as well as a dodgy vindaloo at the Full Toss. It sends out completely the wrong message. Please tell us you agree …