Former Australian batsman Mike Hussey says the return of Pakistan former captain Salman Butt will not sit well with him and it’s a step too far in international cricket which made him uneasy over the match fixers impending recall in top-tier cricket.
In 2010, the 32-year-old Butt was convicted in an infamous Lord’s Test spot-fixing scandal and had served the five-year ban.
“If I am being honest, it doesn’t sit well with me. Some would argue he has done his time and been allowed back in, much like Mohammad Amir. But you’ve got to remember Amir was a 17-year-old kid being directed by Salman Butt to do the wrong thing,” Hussey told Fox Sports TV.
After 2010 England tour, the trio in the form of Butt, Amir and Asif were banned from international cricket over the no-ball saga, which ended in September last year.
However, Amir made an international return against New Zealand earlier this year and Butt and Asif are pressing hard to make an international return by giving their all in first-class cricket.
“I have a bit more sympathy for Amir. But Salman Butt, it doesn’t sit well to have him back in international cricket,” Hussey added.
The 32-year-old was given a green signal by International Cricket Council in September alongside Asif.
Butt while playing his first major tournament after six years scored a century in both innings to help his side Water and Development Authority (WAPDA) to claim the maiden title against Habib Bank in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy final.
The left-handed batsman Butt scored 125 and unbeaten 105 to draw the final match with WAPDA scorecard reading as 198-3 when they were chasing the target of 444 to win on the final day.
However, on the basis of a first innings lead of 42, WAPDA won the tournament. It was the first instance in six decades of the tournament for WAPDA to emerge as winners.
Butt shows he is pushing hard to make the international comeback for the national side after scoring 741 runs which included 4 centuries in ten matches.
“I hope the bad days are over. I have gone through difficult times but my wife, my family and friends supported me. I have knocked the door (of international cricket) very hard and hope this will pave my way for a return to (the) Pakistan team, Butt said.
In the National One-day cup, Butt has aggregated 536 runs this year at the staggering average of 107.
“I have the capacity but that is something the selectors have to tell and decide,” Butt concluded.
After his back-to-back performances, Butt is likely to earn a recall for the Pakistan side next year for West Indies tour.