PCB in no rush to have trio in national side

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The Pakistan Cricket Board have told Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir, and Mohammad Asif to cool their jets with regards to a return to the national side, saying that is a long way off, if ever.

Amir has been playing domestic cricket for a few months already, after getting an early pardon to see his five-year spot-fixing ban ended. The other two will end their ban on 2 September, with five more years still on the cards if they are caught again.

Both Butt and Amir have expressed a desire to return to the game, despite both being in their mid-30s, but the PCB are not considering that yet, and definitely not for any of the series this year.

PCB chief selector Haroon Rasheed said: "No time frame can be given by the selection committee at this point in time with regards to their future involvement in cricket at any level."

Butt and Asif were looking to play in the domestic T20 tournament in September, though that has not yet been cleared by the PCB. And even if they do play, and do well, the selectors won't be rushing to pick them.

Rasheed added: "After having been out of cricket for the last five years, one cannot judge them merely on some good performances in (a) couple of matches."

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