Misbah Ul Haq has started the culture of giving the chances of making comebacks to the senior players. Salman Butt is now being considered for Australia Tour. Earlier, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal were given a chance against Sri Lanka.
According to the reports, Head coach of Pakistan cricket team, Misbah Ul Haq has contacted the coaches of all the six teams who are playing National T20 Cup 2019. Misbah asked about the fitness and current form of the players who are under the radar of the selection committee for Australia tour.
Adnan Akmal has represented Pakistan in 21 tests and 5 ODIs. The wicket-keeper batsman has done well in the past, but for an unknown reason, he has been kept away from Pakistan cricket team.
The most exciting news around, regarding Australia tour, is the selection of Salman Butt. Let’s have a brief look at Salman Butt’s controversial career.
Salman Butt And Spot-Fixing Saga
Salman Butt made his test debut against Bangladesh in 2003-2004. He was among the three Pakistan players who were involved in spot-fixing in a test match back in 2010. He was the captain of Team Pakistan at that time. His two other partners were the pace bowlers, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif. All of them were banned for five years from all formats of cricket.
Mohammad Amir returned to international cricket in 2016 and is currently the integral part of Pakistan cricket team. Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif returned to the domestic cricket in 2016. Asif occasionally performed in the domestic competitions but was unable to return to his best.
Salman Butt Stats In International Cricket
Salman Butt made a sparkling come back to the domestic cricket. He has been performing continuously but didn’t get a chance to prove his worth once again at International level.
The left-handed batsman represented Pakistan in 33 tests in which he scored 1889 runs. In this format, Butt averages 30.47 with three centuries and ten fifties to his name.
The former captain played 72 ODIs. At an average of 36.82, he scored 2725. He has eight centuries and 14 half-centuries to his name.
In 24 T20Is, he scored 595 runs at an average of 28.36 with three half-centuries to his name.
Pakistan’s squad for Australia tour is likely to be announced at the end of the ongoing week. The team will leave for Australia on October 26.