Want to achieve something great with Pakistan: Salman Butt

Published: March 24, 2017
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KARACHI: Former Pakistan opening batsman and Test captain Salman Butt said that he wants to achieve something great with Pakistan so he can leave cricket with peace of mind, stating that his biggest motivation for playing cricket is to once again wear the colours of the country.

“My motivation was and still is to represent Pakistan again,” said Salman, while talking to The Express Tribune. “I want to achieve something great for the country and outperform my previous achievements.”

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The 32-year-old — who has impressed since returning to cricket after serving out the five-year ban he received for his role in the spot-fixing scandal of 2010 — is in contention for a place in the Test squad for the upcoming three-match series against West Indies.

However, many believe he will be overlooked due to the recent spot-fixing scandal that emerged in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), with the management thought to be hesitant in calling up a player that has become synonymous with the scourge.

The stylish left-hander said that it will be disappointing if his return to the national side is delayed due to any other reason than his own batting form.

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“First of all, I don’t know about any such claim,” he said. “I don’t know what sources are being quoted when people are saying that the selectors informed me that I will not be selected due to the recent scandal, since that is not the case.”

However, Salman did admit he was told he is in contention for a spot in the side. “The indication I got was that I will be on the plane to West Indies, but so far, no one has contacted me,” he revealed. “However, if someone deserving is not getting a chance due to something out of their control, then it will be extremely disappointing.”

Talking about corruption in cricket, the Lahore-born opener said it seems difficult to stop it completely, especially considering so much is already being done to tackle it.

“I am sure the International Cricket Council (ICC) and all the cricket boards are doing all they can to stop this, but, somehow it keeps coming up again and again,” he said. “I have no idea why the ICC and the other boards are unable to control it. The players are being given lectures all the time as well as all the assistance they should get from the authorities, but still it seems that something somewhere is missing. These things need to be curtailed, but I don’t know how this can be stopped.”

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Ts
    Mar 24, 2017 - 2:04PM

    His time is up. He was the captain not player at time of scandleRecommend

  • Shahid
    Mar 24, 2017 - 2:13PM

    He belongs in jail. Mastermind match fixer.Recommend

  • Dr. Cardio
    Mar 24, 2017 - 2:13PM

    You have already achieved it….Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 24, 2017 - 2:18PM

    Salman Butt the virus called match fixing! Keep this thug far away from our team. By introducing and leading the match fixing ring during his tenure he already did something extraordinary, something extremely extraordinarily horrible and damaging for cricket and our team and society. Cricket is a game for honourable gentlemen and such crooks and corrupt criminals must be forced to stay beyond the periphery of a cricket stadium, let alone a chance to ever enter one.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Mar 24, 2017 - 2:22PM

    When the corrupt politicians can get a million chances, why not him?Recommend

  • Pardesi
    Mar 24, 2017 - 3:03PM

    Just retire and go home that will be a big favour and achievement and a great favour to PakistanRecommend

  • Singh
    Mar 24, 2017 - 3:39PM

    Any human being can be tempted by dirty money.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 24, 2017 - 3:39PM

    ‘.. said that it will be disappointing…. ‘ Such remorse!!!Recommend

  • Umair
    Mar 24, 2017 - 3:46PM

    strange that we as a nation are more upset over a tarnished cricketer making a comeback and do not really care when it comes to tarnished politicians who again and again loot the country. Perhaps it is because we have come to expect this from our nation’s leaders. Wake up people! Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Mar 24, 2017 - 4:32PM

    For God sake, leave Cricket alone. We have seen your best already in England. If PCB brings him back, it means Danish Kanaria claim about PCB Officials involvement in match fixing is true. Recommend

  • Gasherbrummistani
    Mar 24, 2017 - 4:33PM

    “I want to achieve something great for the country and outperform my previous achievements.”
    Exactly what we’re afraid of. Letting him back on the domestic circuit only encouraged the others.Recommend

  • Freedom
    Mar 24, 2017 - 5:10PM

    Thanks but no thanks!Recommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 24, 2017 - 6:32PM

    Butt saab is not going to give his case so easily. If he has any sensibility, he would have not already achieve something so great for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Munir
    Mar 24, 2017 - 6:47PM

    You have achieved something disastorously great already for Pakistan.
    Spare us more humiliationRecommend

  • Mudasir
    Mar 24, 2017 - 8:05PM

    Guilty deserves punishment, that is over for salman bhat.Now , I think history has made him now wise manRecommend

  • Shakil
    Mar 24, 2017 - 9:19PM

    You had your chances and was given much respect as Captain, but you ruined it big way along with Pakistan cricket reputation. Players like you should be made example so others can learn from it and dont fall for greed!

    You will always be remembered as match fixer and black spot on cricket, so live with that you deserved it.Recommend

  • ahsan
    Mar 24, 2017 - 9:29PM

    This fixer should never be allowed to play again!Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Mar 24, 2017 - 11:53PM

    Listen to this guys who claim to be perfect humans.
    What hypocrites .Recommend

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