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Salman Butt signs for Mohammedan Sporting Club

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has signed for Dhaka Premier League side Mohammedan Sporting Club after securing a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), ESPNcricinfo reported on Monday.
Butt, 33, was reportedly among several Pakistani cricketers, who participated or planned to participate in Ajman All Stars — an unsanctioned private T20 tournament in which the International Cricket Council recently found ‘strong evidence’ of corruption.
Butt said he did travel to the UAE but ended up not participating, although some did not agree with his version, claiming that Butt had actually played a match in the tainted T20 league.
The PCB, however, cleared him of any wrongdoing and issued him an NOC, following which he signed up with Mohammedan to participate in Bangladesh’s List-A tournament.
“It’s good to be here after a long time,” Butt told ESPNcricinfo. “Bangladesh over the years has become a high quality cricket-playing country. They have lifted their game and proven that again and again, and this all comes with a competitive domestic structure.”
He continued, “Mohammedan is a club with a lot of history behind it, with a lot of Pakistani greats having played for them in past, and I hope be able to contribute well for them. Shakib [Al Hasan] will be leading the team and I believe it would make a difference in the season.”
Butt was originally supposed to captain Lahore in the ongoing National One-Day Cup, but disagreements over player selection with the Lahore City Cricket Association saw him skip the tournament.