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ICC, PCB left fuming after Butt, Aamir appear on TV
PTI
Karachi, September 18, 2012
First Published: 22:13 IST(18/9/2012)
Last Updated: 22:18 IST(18/9/2012)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have been left fuming after banned cricketers, Salman Butt and Muhammad Aamir made television appearances on special ICC World Twenty20 shows.

Butt and Aamir appeared as experts on the 'ARY' and 'Express' channels yesterday during the India and Pakistan warm up match, drawing a mixed reaction from the cricket community.

The PCB declined to comment on the issue, pointing out the two players were under a ICC ban and the board also could not interfere in working of private media outlets.

But an ICC spokesman told the "Jang" daily newspaper that the appearance of the two banned players was disappointing.

"We can't interfere or tell any media organization what to do. But certainly they need to look at these things themselves as these players are certainly not role models for the younger generation," the spokesman said.

He said media channels have to decide themselves whether it was ethically right to have players banned for corruption working for them as experts.

Even last year Butt appeared on a channel during the World Cup leading to a big controversy as at that time the ICC anti-corruption tribunal was in the process of hearing the spot fixing charges against them.


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