Pakistan faces a daunting challenge ahead as Misbah Ul Haq’s unit will take on England in a couple of months during the English summer. With Pakistan’s batting their major weak point and England likely to amplify that threat, skipper Misbah Ul Haq is keen on having tainted opener Salman Butt in the test side for the England tour.
Butt was jailed in England after he was found guilty of spot-fixing in Pakistan’s previous tour of England in 2010. Butt, though, has finished his jail term and with his ban expiring, he is available to mark a return to international cricket. The left-handed opener has been in sparkling form in the domestic circuit of Pakistan, and skipper Misbah Ul Haq has taken note of that. “We have a settled line up between Nos 3 and 7 but the opening slot is not as consistent as the rest of the order,” Misbah said in his interaction with ESPN Cricinfo.
“There are issues and we are looking at a couple more options including Shan Masood and Salman Butt. “Salman is playing well and overall I didn’t see any such difference since he left. He is a good prospect and he has also scored ample runs after his comeback. “Watching him in the nets he looks good, but now we have to see how well he will do in the upcoming tournament,” said Misbah, about Butt’s form.
A few weeks ago, Salman Butt in his conversation with the media had stated that he was guilty of what he did during Pakistan’s previous tour of England. On the insistence of Butt, pacer Mohammad Aamir had deliberately bowled a no-ball in the Lord’s test, leading to spot fixing.
“I know what I did was wrong and I have served punishment for it. I am a changed person and I have apologised to the entire nation, PCB and the team members including Afridi for what happened in 2010,” Butt said. “Afridi is my senior and I have apologised to him whenever I met him. “I am mentally prepared for a comeback. The rest is up to the selectors. But I am not keeping any high hopes.”