UK government could block Salman Butt’s return to international cricket

Reports suggest former Test captain can be denied UK visa if selected for Pakistan’s tour of England in summer 2016

Sports Desk April 19, 2016
Salman Butt being given a police escort in London, on March 17, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt could be denied a return to the national side due to legislations placed by UK government, according to reports.

Butt, who was banned for five years in 2010 by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal, received a 30-month jail sentence in Britain.

However, the 31-year-old served just seven months before being allowed to return to Pakistan under UK’s early release scheme which holds the condition that the person may not return to the country within ten years of the end of formal sentence.

Butt hopes to enjoy second innings of cricket career

According to ESPNCricinfo, this would mean that Butt could be denied a visa if he was selected for Pakistan’s tour of England in summer 2016.

The former captain returned from his ban to domestic cricket in January and scored 536 runs at an average of 107.20 in the National One-Day Cup. Current Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq is said to be keen to get Butt into the side this summer, but his plans may be defied by UK visa regulations.

Five teams, 75 players: Pakistan Cup to commence from April 19

Nevertheless Misbah sees the Pakistan Cup which begins today as another opportunity for the 31-year-old to shine. “We have a settled line up between Number 3 and 7 but the opening slot is not as consistent as the rest of the order,” Misbah said.

“There are issues and we are looking at a couple more options, including Shan Masood and Salman Butt. Butt is a good prospect and he has also scored ample runs after his comeback," he added. “He looks good in practice sessions, but now we have to see how well he does in the upcoming tournament.”


Abbassin | 8 years ago | Reply One wishes that the news is correct and he is indeed refused entry into the UK.However, in case he does get the visa and goes there, the sensation seeking English media will have a field day and he will be a constant source of distraction to the team. PCB. needs to think this through and given the fact that his inclusion in the team will upset the balance of a settled test team, my advice to PCB. keep him away from the tour.
Ch. K. A. Nye | 8 years ago | Reply Unlike our land of the pure, the UK enforces the law. Thus the convicted criminal cannot and will not be granted a visa.
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