Butt's World Cup TV deal
Disgraced former skipper will 'participate as an expert'
Last Updated: February 10, 2011 7:57am
Butt: 10-year ban
Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt has been signed up to work as an expert analyst at the World Cup for Pakistan's Channel 5 television station.
Butt was banned by the International Cricket Council last week for 10 years (five suspended), along with pace bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, following spot-fixing charges related to the Lord's Test against England last August.
However, that has not prevented the 26-year-old agreeing to provide his 'expert' analysis for television viewers.
"I have signed a contract with a television channel to do expert commentary," Butt told the AFP news agency. "As I am not playing in the event I thought it was worth participating as an expert."
Butt, who played 78 ODIs for Pakistan, scoring 2,725 runs at an average of 36.82, said he wanted to continue to be involved in the game despite the ban.
"My career is with cricket and I will play cricket, just for the World Cup I want to turn as expert."
A representative of Channel 5 confirmed to AFP that the broadcaster had signed Butt.
The PCB has terminated the central contracts of all three players and barred them from playing any national or club-level match, but it remains to be seen whether they or the ICC object to Butt appearing as a TV analyst during the event.
Prosecutors in Britain have charged the three players over corruption and have summoned them to appear in court on March 17.