PESHAWAR, 04 December: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has granted permission Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif to play domestic cricket from the next year.

The ESPNcricinfo.com quoted a cricket board official as saying the duo will be eligible to play domestic one-day tournament following completion of their rehabilitation in February next.

“We have decided to allow them to play the one-day cup starting after the ongoing first-class tournament in January. By the end of Quaid-e-Azam trophy they would have finished all of their rehab programmes and they will be free to resume their domestic cricket,” the website quoted an official of the PCB as saying.

Both the players alongwith their third partner Muhammad Amir were suspended by ICC for five years from playing any form of cricket following their conviction in the spot fixing scandal.

The ban imposed by ICC on Asif and Butt had been lifted in September last and both became eligible to play all forms of cricket from. They also signed a contract with the WAPDA.

Mohammad Amir, who had accepted his guilt in the spot-fixing, has already been allowed to play cricket. At present he has been playing the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). PCB chairman Shahryar Khan and team coach Waqar Younas back Amir’s return to international cricket.

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