Butt defends Waqar's appointment as coach

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/w/waqaryounis.jpg' class='caption'> PCB chairman Ejaz Butt defended Waqar Younis' appointment as Pakistan coach despite allegations of match fixing against him.

Updated: March 07, 2010 08:58 IST
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Defending Waqar Younis' appointment as Pakistan coach despite allegations of match fixing against him, PCB chairman Ejaz Butt said all those fined on the basis of Justice Malik Qayyum's inquiry report 10 years ago have been cleared for national duties now.

Butt said the services and players like Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram or Ijaz Ahmed are being utilised after clearance and recovery of fines.

"Ten years have passed since the Malik Qayyum report came out and they have paid their fines and the ICC also has no objection to them being given responsibilities by the board," Butt told reporters in Islamabad.

Some former players have criticised the board for appointing those players on key positions despite being named in the Qayyum match-fixing inquiry report.

Waqar, Wasim, Aaqib Javed, Saeed Anwar were among those who the Qayyum committee fined for not cooperating with the inquiry that lasted for some 18 months.

The Qayyum commission also recommended life bans on former captain, Salim Malik and pace bowler, Ata-ur-Rehman. Butt disclosed that Waqar would be paid around USD 7650 monthly salary besides other perks.

"We think that is a reasonable amount we are paying for his services since the former Pakistan coach, Bob Woolmer was paid around Rs 1.7 million a month by the board," Butt added.

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