PCB doesn''t want to see banned trio bankrupt

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Karachi, Feb 25 (PTI) The Pakistan Cricket Board may haverefused to back them in their legal fight but it is keen toensure that the banned trio of Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif andMuhammad Aamir are allowed to financially sustain themselvesin the period of their punishment.

Well-placed sources in the board told PTI that there wasa sigh of relief in the PCB over the fact that former Testcaptain Butt had been allowed to take up a job as a cricketpundit with a private television channel by the InternationalCricket Council''s anti-corruption tribunal.

"The feeling is that the banned players must have a wayof sustaining themselves financially during their ban as theycan''t be expected to survive without working somewhere," onesource said.

"Although the ICC had directly handled the issue of Buttworking for the channel five as cricket expert on the WorldCup matches and contacted the anti-corruption tribunal forclarification but the PCB is happy to know the tribunal has noobjections to him working," the source added.

The trio, banned from taking part in any cricket match oractivity held under the umbrella of the ICC or its affiliatedmembers, can do private jobs even related to cricket.

The three were banned on charges of spot-fixing duringthe tour to England last year and they face accusations oftaking bribes and trying to defraud bookmakers in the UnitedKingdom.

The source also clarified that the board had nothing todo with the National Bank releasing the trio from theirpayroll.

"I think the bank took this decision because it hademployed the three to basically play cricket for them indomestic cricket and when they can''t do this during the periodof their bans it was obvious the bank has no use for them. Butthe PCB had nothing to do with the bank decision," the sourcestated.

The source also disclosed that the PCB would decidewithin a week on releasing outstanding payments to the threeplayers as part of their fees as the anti-corruption tribunalhad not penalised them financially.

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