Employee sacks banned Pakistani trio

Karachi, Feb 14 (PTI) Banned Pakistani cricketers SalmanButt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammed Aamir have been sacked bytheir employee -- National Bank -- one of the leading teams inthe country''s domestic circuit.

The three players had their contracts terminated bythe bank in backdate recently.

"Their contracts ended on 31st December, 2010 and wewaited until February 5 for the decision of the InternationalCricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption tribunal to come outbefore sacking them in backdate," said Iqbal Qasim, a formerTest spinner and sports head of the bank.

Qasim said the bank had waited until the decision camefrom the ICC tribunal before releasing them.

"Once they were found guilty of being involved inspot-fixing we had no choice but to release them from theircontracts," he said.

Qasim, who also served as chief selector until last year,said it was a tough decision for the bank as the trio hadalways been cooperative and done well for the bank.

"It was a sad decision to take but once they werefound guilty the bank rules say you can''t employ suchpersons," he said.

Qasim said the bank management was also shocked when thetrio was first alleged to be involved in spot-fixing.

"It was shocking for all of us to learn about this. Yesthey never played many matches for the bank because of theirinternational commitments, but when they were available, therewere never any issues with them."

The Pakistan Cricket Board has said that it would soonstart implementing the decision of the ICC tribunal to starthaving the banned trio attend special anti-corruption classesand to educate them on reforms which they must undergo whileserving their bans.

During the period of their bans the three would not beallowed to take part in any cricket activity or eventorganised by the ICC or member boards.

Butt, however, has already sparked a controversy bysigning up with a Pakistani television channel to appear as anexpert during the World Cup.

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