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My Motivation Was And Is Still To Represent Pakistan: Salman Butt

Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt expressed he would like to see himself don the national jersey again before revealing that he further wants to perform in the foreseeable future better from what he had achieved in the field of cricket in the past.

“I want to achieve something great for the country and outperform my previous achievements,” Butt was quoted as saying by Express Tribune.

The left-handed batsman Butt is motivated to play for his country as he wanted to achieve satisfactory results for the national team.

“My motivation was and still is to represent Pakistan again,” said Salman, while talking to The Express Tribune.

Earlier, according to the reports, the Lahore-born Butt was given clearance before being informed by PCB officials his inclusion in the team might draw flak, but Butt stated he was not approached by anyone from the PCB.

“First of all, I don’t know about any such claim. I don’t know what sources are being quoted when people are saying that the selectors informed me that I will not be selected due to the recent scandal, since that is not the case,” Butt revealed.

The 32-year-old Butt was banned alongside his teammates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir for five-years which further included a jail term when the trio was found guilty of spot-fixing scandal during Pakistan’s England tour in 2010.

“The indication I got was that I will be on the plane to West Indies, but so far, no one has contacted me,” Butt added.

After returning to the domestic cricket as his ban expired in September 2015, Butt carved a niche out of it by giving decent performances which further saw him as the favourite contender for the upcoming three-match Test series against the West Indies which is scheduled from April 23.

“However, if someone deserving is not getting a chance due to something out of their control, then it will be extremely disappointing,” remarked Butt.

Butt has also opined on the corruption taking place in cricket while expressing ICC and cricket boards had failed to curb it.

“I am sure the International Cricket Council (ICC) and all the cricket boards are doing all they can to stop this, but, somehow it keeps coming up again and again. I have no idea why the ICC and the other boards are unable to control it,” Butt further said.

In the 2016-17 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Butt led his side Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) to the maiden title win.

“The players are being given lectures all the time as well as all the assistance they should get from the authorities, but still it seems that something somewhere is missing,” Butt concluded.

The stylish left-handed batsman Butt was the sixth in the list in terms of run-getter when he scored 741 runs at an average of 49.40 in 16 innings.

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