There's no place for corrupt individuals, at least at Eden Gardens. In a remarkable decision, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has decided to wipe out the memories attached to those corrupt ones who have brought the game into disrepute.
Salman Butt. Pic/Getty Images
Following the spot fixing revelations, the CAB has removed the jersey donated by Salman Butt for the museum situated just outside the indoor training centre. Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer have been handed jail sentences after their wrongdoings were proved in a London court.
"Why would we keep his jersey at the museum? These things are meant to motivate youngsters and make them aware of the feats the legendary figures have achieved while playing the game," CAB joint secretary Biswarup Dey told MiD DAY yesterday.
"We will not display cricket gear of a tainted player. After all, he cannot be an example for budding cricketers," Dey added. Butt donated his jersey to the museum when he toured the country as a member of the Pakistan A side in 2003-04 for the Kenstar Cup.
Shahid Afridi was captain of the side with Butt as opener. After their match against India A, Butt gave his jersey for display on CAB's request. It is a practice in CAB to collect cricket gear of all Indian and touring players for display at the entrance of the indoor training centre.