Dec 042017
Salman Butt awaits his opportunity

Salman Butt There is an abundance of opening batsmen for the Pakistan cricket team. After years of disappointment at the top, selectors now have a choice of Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Fakhar Zaman, Inam-ul-Haq, Ahmed Shahzad, Kamran Akmal, Khurram Manzoor and Mukhtar Ahmed.A name which has been missing from the list is that of Salman Butt – the left-handed opener who was the central character in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal. After serving his sentence, Butt is now back to playing cricket and desires to return to the Pakistan team. “I hope to get an opportunity to play for Pakistan in the last years of my career. I hope to perform well and eliminate the negative impression people have of me.”Salman Butt said he had admitted to his crime and served his sentence, however, there was one law for him and another for others. “After serving my five-year sentence I have been consistently performing well.”Last week during the National T20 tournament Salman Butt along with Kamran Akmal recorded the highest opening partnership of 209 runs in T20 cricket.  Click for detailed story

Nov 242017
Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt score world?s highest T20 opening partnership

Kamran Akmal is also the first ever Pakistani and the first wicket-keeper batsman to score 150 runs in a T20 inningKARACHI: Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal and former captain Salman Butt put up the highest-ever T20 partnership for the opening wicket on Friday, creating a world record by scoring 209 runs between them.The feat saw the two batsmen beat the previous best of 207 by Kent’s JL Denly and DJ Bell-Drummond against Essex in English county cricket. This is also the third highest ever partnership for any wicket in a T20 inning.During the same inning, Kamran also became the first ever Pakistani and the first wicket-keeper batsman to score 150 runs in a T20 match.The 35-year old out-of-favour batsman smashed 12 sixes and 14 fours to score an unbeaten 150 for Lahore Whites against Islamabad in National T20 Cup in Rawalpindi.He also surpassed South Africa’s Quinton de Kock to post the highest individual T20 score by a wicket-keeper; the South African wicket-keeper had scored 126* before Kamran overtook him by scoring an unbeaten 150 today.The opener is the first Pakistani and 8th overall to score 150 or more in a T20 inning. His score of 150* is the 10th highest individual score in the shortest format of professional cricket. Kamran Akmal becomes first Pakistani to score four consecutive 50s in T20sKamran joined 15 other batsmen from around the world who have scored four consecutive 50s The inning has also helped Kamran Akmal to become the first Pakistani and only third [Read More…]

Oct 202016

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt said he has not been disheartened by being overlooked at the drafting ceremony for the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), vowing to carry on his bid to revive his international career. Both Butt and fast-bowler Mohammad Asif, who served five-year bans for spot-fixing along with Mohammad Amir, were included in the players’ draft after being ignored in the list for the inaugural edition. Amir had turned out for Karachi Kings in the first edition and many thought the remaining two of the ‘tainted trio’ might feature in the second PSL. But all five franchises decided against picking the duo at the drafting ceremony held in Dubai on Wednesday. Butt was included in the Gold category while Asif was named in Silver. Butt, Asif hopeful for selection in PSL second edition The left-handed Butt had impressed in the National T20 Cup, amassing 350 runs in eight innings for Lahore Whites to finish as the second-highest run-getter. “It was an honour to be included in the draft but honestly I wasn’t very hopeful,” Butt told The Express Tribune. “It would have been good if I had been selected but I am not disheartened by the snub. I still have plenty of time and I hope I will be a part of the league one day.” Butt revealed he is focusing on first-class cricket for the time being. “My main priority nowadays is first-class cricket. I am giving my best in order to catch the [Read More…]

Oct 072016

LAHORE: Former Test captain Salman Butt and fast-bowler Mohammad Asif are optimistic to take part in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The drafting process will be held on October 18 and 19 in Dubai. The duo, who are currently playing in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for Wapda, is hopeful that the franchise will pick them. “I am thankful to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and PSL management, that has given me this opportunity and included my name in the [draft] list,” said Salman, who is listed in the Diamond category, while talking to The Express Tribune. PCB buys bulletproof buses to woo back international teams “I am working hard to get my place in the Pakistan team again. I am sure that I will be able to prove fitness in the ongoing tournament, and also hope that my performances will convince franchise to include me in the second edition of the PSL,” he added. On the other hand, Asif, who is yet to be named in any category for the drafting process, is hopeful to convince franchises to pick him for the cash-rich T20 league. “I have trained in Oslo, Norway a few weeks ago and after that played in the Afghan cricket league as well,” said Asif, adding, “Now I am playing for Wapda in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, and I am confident that I will be selected for the PSL as well.” McCullum replaces Azhar as Lahore Qalandars’ captain Asif, who was the part of the famous [Read More…]

Sep 122016

KARACHI    : Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir breathed a sigh of relief on Monday after clearing a “tough England cricket tour” without any major problems, saying fans were welcoming and players were supportive. It was a complete contrast from his tour of England six years ago, which ended in a spot-fixing case resulting in five-year bans on him and fellow players Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif. “There was a huge media hype around me, fears in my mind and the pressure of doing well, but I am relieved on clearing one of the toughest exams of my life with the support of my team and fans,” Amir said. The ban had derailed the fast-rising careers of all three players who were jailed by a UK court in 2011, though Amir’s guilty plea helped him gain public sympathy. Salman Butt optimistic about return to international cricket He was allowed to feature in domestic matches six months before his ban was lifted after the International Cricket Council (ICC) relaxed certain conditions of his ban through an amendment to its code of conduct. Amir was also the only one of the three players selected for Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand in January this year. But the latest tour saw him play his first Test match since the ban, with the teams drawing the four-match series 2-2. Pakistan won the only T20 game, while England were victorious in the five-match ODI series, with a 4-1 win. Amir said that the crowd at the Lord’s – the same [Read More…]

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