Salman Butt Likely To Be Considered For Test Squad Against West Indies
Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt is likely to be considered for the West Indies Test series which is scheduled in April and May after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has cleared the tainted cricketer who was the main character behind the spot-fixing scandal during Pakistan-England Test series in 2010 at Lord’s.
Reports suggest that the national cricket body has handed over the clearance letter to Lahore-born cricketer Salman after he had a terrific run in the domestic circuit.
“Now the PCB has given its clearance and chief selector Inzamam-Ul-Haq has had a discussion with the national team’s head coach Mickey Arthur about probable selections for the Test series in the West Indies and Butt’s name has been discussed seriously,” concerned official in PCB was quoted as saying by PTI.
Salman, who played 33 Test might be called for the national training camp at the headquarters of PCB before the selectors will announce the squad for the longer version of the game.
The left-handed batsman Salaman served the five-year ban after proven guilty alongside fast bowler Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir after appearing in the court in the United Kingdom and served some time in jail too.
However, Amir has already made an international return in January last year when Pakistan toured New Zealand.
In September 2015, the tainted players’ ban expired and Amir was the first to return to domestic cricket before Salaman and Asif made their way into the first-class cricket.
Salman scored 741 runs at an average of 49.90 from 10 matches during the 2016 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy while playing for Water and Port Development Authority (WAPDA). He has also smashed four hundreds and two fifties for leading his side to the victory in the final against Habib Bank Limited.
Earlier, PCB members were unwilling to give clearance to Salman following the criticism from former international players which further was questioned by international stars that there should not be given a leeway to the players who are bidding to corrupt the game.
In the three Test match series, the first Test will kickstart at Sabina Park in Jamaica from April 22 and the third and final Test will be played in Dominica from May 10.
After making his debut in 2003, Salman has played 78 One-day Internationals and 24 Twenty20 Internationals in which he had amassed the total score of 3320 runs and he had also tallied up 1889 runs in Tests at the average of 30.46.
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