Pakistan‘s tainted former skipper Salman Butt is likely to be considered for selection for the three-match Test series in the West Indies after the PCB gave formal permission to the National Selection Committee.
Salman Butt, aged 32 was the main character behind the spot-fixing scandal during Pakistan-England Test series in 2010 at Lord’s along with other tainted team mates – Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer who also faced suspension for five-years and served sometime in jail too. Their suspension period exhausted in September 2015 and while Butt has played quite well in domestic cricket since then, Aamer has made his return into the national team last January.
Earlier, PCB officials were not willing to give official permission to Salman Butt to play for Pakistan again, as they always put forward his case to the National Selectors to decide. Now PCB has given official clearance and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq also discussed the case with National Team’s Head Coach Mickey Arthur about proposed selections for the Test series in the West Indies. Salman Butt’s name was taken pretty seriously during the discussions as source informed PTI. He told that Salman Butt was likely to be considered for the National Trainings Camp that will be arranged before the squad announcement for Test series against West Indies.
Lately, Inzamam-ul-Haq, chief selector of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), recently shrugged a reporter when inquired regarding the comeback of disgraced former skipper Salman Butt into the national team. While speaking at the Sports Journalists’ Association of Lahore, the 42-year-old told reporter that Butt’s stupendous performance in the domestic season has marked his eligibility for the consideration in the Test Series against West Indies