Aaqib Javed, the previous Pakistan quick bowler and present coach of Lahore Qalandars, believes Salman Butt is a “modified man”, having served a five-year ban for his lead function within the 2010 spot-fixing scandal. Earlier this week, Butt was picked to replace the injured Mohammed Hafeez within the Lahore squad and the PSL would be the most high-profile competitors the batsman might function in since his return to aggressive cricket in January 2016.
Butt, who was 26 when he was banned in February 2011, is now 34 and can also be seeking to push exhausting for a return to the nationwide aspect. Aaqib, who can also be Lahore Qalandars’ director of cricket, instructed ESPNcricinfo that they didn’t must assume too exhausting earlier than selecting Butt as a substitute, given his constant T20 numbers.
“It is practically 10 years and he’s achieved along with his punishment,” Aaqib stated. “I strongly imagine that he has learnt his lesson and is a modified man. He won’t ever take into consideration risking his profession and could be the final individual to assume in that path once more. He has achieved properly since his return and he’s a skillful cricketer. He performed sufficient cricket and was at all times there within the system making his identify since his return. He led WAPDA, the Lahore area and has scored closely.”
Since his return, Butt has scored 1788 first-class runs, 2423 one-day runs and 941 T20 runs. Earlier than the ban, Butt’s T20 strike price was 107.98. His total home T20 strike price now stands at 113.55, and he has scored 2278 runs at a median of 36.15. He has additionally been constant along with his performances – Butt’s runs-per-innings determine of 30.four is second solely to Babar Azam amongst Pakistani batsmen who’ve a minimum of 2000 T20 runs.
Butt’s T20 common since January 2016 has been 55.35, the very best for any Pakistan participant with a minimal of 500 runs. Baber Azam, Pakistan’s No. 1 batsman at the moment, is second with a median of 39.89 in the identical interval.
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“He was averaging over 55 and if somebody has such a formidable common it could’t be ignored,” Aaqib stated. “He was our first alternative earlier however now being a second possibility he is an effective choice to fill the hole. I noticed his home report, which has been distinguished since his return.
“His stats are spectacular and we wanted a man who can actually anchor at No. three. He has been wonderful along with his numbers and with sustaining his health. It wasn’t a call that took us loads [of time] to assume nevertheless it was extra vital to take each stakeholder on board. The very best function about Butt is his dedication to cricket. He’s match and is a utility cricketer with plenty of expertise.”
Butt joined the squad on Wednesday, the day after he was added to the aspect and has already had a observe session with Lahore, who’re at the moment on the backside of the desk with one win in three matches. They may kick off the Sharjah leg of their marketing campaign on Friday, once they tackle Multan Sultans, adopted by a match towards table-toppers Quetta Gladiators on Saturday.