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This Pakistani player could now be a match referee

This Pakistani player could now be a match referee

This Pakistani player could now be a match referee

As the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) opened the registrations for the Level 1 online umpiring course for umpires and match officials in April, the course finally has kicked off on 7th June, Monday.

A total of 350 personnel are part of this training course as they will be trained by the members of PCB Elite and Supplementary Panels. Out of 350, 49 counts the names of cricketers including the names of Salman Butt, Abdul Rauf, and Bilal Asif.

This Pakistani player could now be a match referee

The initiative is taken by the PCB to promote coaching and umpiring jobs for the former cricketers and candidates who successfully surpass the course. The participants will be provided knowledge about the basic umpiring rules, regulations, and laws of the game before undergoing written tests, fitness tests, and interviews.

Salman, after being assured that the national board will not be considering him for the future cricket plans, is now on his mission to dig out the referee’s opportunities in the field. He earlier revealed that he might be a member of the commentary panel in the upcoming editions of the Quaid e Azam Trophy.

It is pertinent to mention that last year, Butt withdrew himself from the National T20 Cup after he was demoted to the second paying XI of Central Punjab. He understood that there is no purpose in playing without being respected and recapitulating First-class cricket kenning there is no possibility ahead in international cricket.

Notably, he was one of the three Pakistan players – Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif, and Salman Butt who got suspended in September 2010 by the ICC – on allegations of what was later defined as spot-fixing. They were alleged to have carried out specific on-field actions, including bowling no-balls at pre-determined times, during the Lord’s Test against England on the instance of a bookie. The three were later handed long bans by the ICC before the matter moved to the British Crown courts, where all three were convicted and sentenced to spells of detention. Source: ESPN

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