Pakistan’s Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif are eligible to return to competitive cricket on 2 September after serving bans for corrupt behaviour on the 2010 tour of England.
Their co-conspirator Mohammad Amir has already returned to domestic cricket having been given dispensation by the International Cricket Council, and will become available for international duty on the same date – just over a month before England play Pakistan in the UAE.
All three players will have served five-year bans following their part in a plot to deliberately bowl no-balls in the Lord’s Test in August 2010.
That was the full sentence imposed on Amir, who pleaded guilty. A tribunal imposed additional suspended bans on Asif and Butt, but they have not been activated after both players were deemed to be in accordance with ICC conditions.