Salman Butt Biography
A wristy, solid opener, Salman Butt improved steadily to stake his claim as a Test player after impressing in the limited-overs arena. The cut and flick were his trademark shots, and he supplemented his skills by gradually developing a temperament to display Test-level patience.
His favourite opponents were India, against whom he scored five of his eight ODI centuries; his best against them (129 not out) arrived in the final of a triangular series in 2008. During Pakistan’s disastrous tour of Australia in 2009-10, he emerged their highest run-getter, and was made Test captain six months later after Shahid Afridi retired mid-series.
Unfortunately, Butt oversaw not only a big defeat in the Test series against England, but also a spot-fixing scandal that he was implicated in that had him banned from all cricket for ten years.
In a sting done by the British tabloid News of the World, Butt was exposed as the key behind the deliverance of pre-decided no-balls by two of his fast bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, and also the playing out of a pre-decided maiden over, for a bookmaker.
Besides the ICC ban, he was sentenced to 30 months in prison by the Southwark Crown Court in Britain for the same offence. On his release and return home, he initially denied his wrongdoings, but later retracted. He is seen providing expert views in news channels.
The five suspended years from his ban was applied by ICC after their Anti-Corruption Tribunal were satisfied with specific conditions under which it could be valid. This meant he can return to domestic cricket under PCB alongside Asif on September 2, 2015.