Salman Butt (Cricketer)

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Salman Butt's career will forever be associated with the events at Lord's in August 2010, when - as Pakistan captain - he was implicated along with his new-ball bowlers Mohammad Asif and Amir in a betting scam involving the deliberate bowling of no-balls. A sting instigated by the News of the World led to a ten-year ban by the ICC, before on November 1, he was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison.Until his downfall, Butt drew comparisons with the legendary Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar, because he is left-handed and possessed of some supple wrists, His drives and cuts through the arc between extra cover and backward point were inevitably flicked, often scooped and it was a high-scoring region. He didn't mind pulling either and off his toes, he was efficient rather than whippy as Anwar was. Further, like Anwar, Butt's footwork didn't really hold him back. But in attitude and temperament Butt was more Anwar's long-time partner, Aamir Sohail.
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Salman Butt

  • Nationality:

    Pakistan

  • Residence:

    Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

  • Religion:

    Islam

  • Profession:

    Cricketer

  • Height:

    1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

  • Born
  • Date:

    7 October 1984

  • Place:

    Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

  • Career
  • National Side:

    Pakistan

  • Team Role:

    Opening batsman

  • Bowling Style:

    Right-arm off spin

  • Batting Style:

    Left-hand batsman

  • Matches:

    33 in Tests & 78 in ODIs

  • Wickets :

    1 in Tests & 0 in ODIs

  • Bowling Average:

    106.00 in Tests & 0 in ODIs

  • Batting Average:

    30.46 in Tests & 36.82 in ODIs

  • Best Bowling:

    1/36 in Tests & 0/11 in ODIs

  • Catches/Stumpings:

    12/- in Tests & 20/- in ODIs

  • Balls Bowled:

    137 in Tests & 69 in ODIs

  • Runs Scored:

    1,889 in Tests & 2,725 in ODIs

  • Test Debut:

    Pakistan v Bangladesh at Multan, Sep 3-6, 2003

  • Test Last:

    England v Pakistan at Lord's, Aug 26-29, 2010

  • ODI Debut:

    Pakistan v West Indies at Southampton, Sep 22, 2004

  • ODI Last:

    India v Pakistan at Dambulla, Jun 19, 2010

  • ODI Shirt Number:

    1

  • T20 Debut :

    Bangladesh v Pakistan at Nairobi (Gym), Sep 2, 2007

  • T20 Last:

    Australia v Pakistan at Birmingham, Jul 6, 2010

  • 100s / 50s:

    3/10 in Tests & 8/14 in ODIs

  • Top Score:

    122 in Tests & 136 in ODIs

  • Domestic team:

    Kolkata Knight Riders, Lahore Eagles, Lahore Lions, Lahore Reds, Pakistan Cricket Board Blues, Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI, Pakistan Cricket Board Reds, Punjab (Pakistan), Punjab Stallions

Career

Salman Butt Nice Photo
Salman Butt Nice Photo

Early career

He started in the Under-17s and quickly progressed through Under-19 level, although at that time he was much younger than the age limits suggest, making his senior debut for Lahore Whites in 2000 aged only 15. His talent was noticed immediately, which led to him being given a place in the Pakistan A team against England soon after. However, instead of rushing straight for the limelight of international cricket, he got his head down and consolidated by playing consistently for his region and the youth teams, until the Pakistan selectors finally drafted him in 2003.[1] Butt: Statistics- cricketfundas He had a confident air about him, a spikiness and is one of the few younger players confident when speaking English. His breakthrough period was the winter of 2004, where he first scored an ODI century against India at Eden Gardens and then went further by scoring a fifty and a maiden Test century in Sydney later in the year. For most of 2005, he failed to build on that and despite another ODI century, also against India, doubts about his defensive technique and overt dash crept in, resulting in him dropping in and out of the team. But against England to end the year, he responded to criticism by unveiling a startling restraint and change of tempo, hitting a century and two fifties in the Tests, each innings commendably restrained.

Domestic Career

In January 2016,PCB allowed Salman to play in the National One Day Cup,in which he played for WAPDA and scored 536 in 7 matches at an average of 107,Hence ending up one of the leading run-scorer in the tournament.

International Career

Butt was dropped, and he struggled to regain his place due to some stiff competition for the openers' spots. He returned for the Champions' Trophy in 2004 and scored his first fifty for Pakistan in the Paktel Cup against Sri Lanka. In the ODI against India on 13 November 2004, as Pakistan chased down 292, he formed partnerships first with Shoaib Malik, putting on 113, and subsequently with Inzamam-Ul-Haq. Despite having retired for seven overs due to severe cramp, he returned to steer Pakistan home, finishing on 108 not out.[2] Salman sink India- youtubeYet 2005 saw little improvement, and doubts circulated about his defensive technique, causing him to be shuffled in and out of the side. But things started looking up again during the winter Test series against England, in which he scored a century and two fifties, with a more cautious attitude to his innings building than he had previously shown.[3] Officials  Salman- espncricinfo

Test Career

Salman Butt is Great Captain
Salman Butt is Great Captain
He had made impressive strides at age-level matches before making his Test debut against Bangladesh in 2003-04, playing in the Under-19 World Cup and touring South Africa with Pakistan's Academy team, smashing 233 against the South African Academy side. His strokeplay has never been in doubt and he is capable of providing electrifying starts when needed but with the tightening of his defense, Butt could be one half of the opening conundrum that has so haunted Pakistan since...well, Anwar and Sohail left the scene. Though his consistency isn't up to the mark, he still remains a vital member of the Test team. Following the disastrous tour of Australia in 2009-10, where senior players were slapped with serious punishments by the PCB, Butt came through unharmed and was given the vice- captaincy for the Asia Cup and England tour in 2010.On 17 July 2010, the Pakistan Cricket Board appointed Butt as captain of the Pakistani Test squad in place of Shahid Afridi, who announced his retirement from Test cricket after Pakistan lost the first test match against Australia.[4] Salman England tour-OSMAN SAMIUDDIN

Scandal

Spot-Fixing

Butt, who was the Pakistan captain then was said to be the mastermind behind the whole spot-fixing episode, and was banned from all forms of cricket for a period of ten years (Five years in suspended sentence, provided he doesn't commit any more offence). Butt also served a term in prison after being sentence on charges of cheating and accepting corrupt payments.In an interview with the Associated Press, Butt stated "I do not want to comment on The News of the World because everybody knows what kind of paper it is. Everybody knows about its reputation across the world." He also stated that he was linked to Mazhar Majeed as a player agent but not in any spot-fixing. He also stated that the video can easily be edited and modified and manipulated. One day before the hearing, Butt continued to state his innocence.The tribunal announced that a verdict on the decision had been deferred to 5 February 2011 and that the ICC also stated that the tribunal would rule on charges pertaining to the third Test match between England and Pakistan. Butt was the only player before the tribunal to face these additional charges.On 5 February 2011, the three-man tribunal delivered its verdict. One charge was dismissed against Butt from the third Test match (batting out a maiden over), but the other charges (failing to report an advance from the third Test match and ordering Asif and Amir to bowl no-balls in the fourth Test) were proved, and Butt was banned from the sport of cricket for ten years, five of which were suspended should he not commit any further offences and participate in a Pakistani Cricket Board anti-corruption program.[5] Butt out for 10 years- cricinfo

Playing style

he works very hard for scoring runs, not indulging in too many big hits; his statistics showing a low amount of nineteen international sixes to date (1 September 2010) of which he's scored 10 in Twenty20 cricket 7 in One-Day International and only has one six to his name in Test cricket.[6] Pakistan Players Profile- sportinglife He scores a lot of his runs between backward point and extra cover. He uses his superb wrist work to angle the bat, placing the ball into gaps using the pace of the ball to his advantage; a very good technique for ODIs where it is best to keep the scoreboard ticking all the time. He also has the ability to cut the ball very fine down to third man if there are no slips, especially against spin bowlers, as he showed to great effect in his above-mentioned innings of 108 not out. These are his specialties, but he has large range of shots. However, many commentators have expressed that his defensive technique has flaws, and that he is prone to playing at balls outside off-stump which should be left.


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