Published On: Fri, Aug 21st, 2015

Youngsters should learn from us, says Salman Butt



LAHORE: Pakistan’s banned left-handed opening batsman Salman Butt on Thursday was in an advisory mode, he gave a clear message to all the youngsters to learn  a lesson from their case.

According to the International Cricket Council (ICC) the five year-ban of Butt will end on 1st September, he was advising all the young players to learn a lesson from their case.

While talking to the media, Butt said that no doubt it is very difficult to be isolated from cricket for five years. Now I’m feeling that I’m getting a new life, I advise all the youngsters to play clean cricket and their is no need to get involved in any illegal activity or else you know the punishment.

Butt was the captain of Pakistan team when the spot-fixing incident took place, he was leading from the front at that time when he was caught red handed with his team-mates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. The inclusion of these three shocked the cricketing world and damaged the reputation of Pakistan cricket.


Moreover, Butt thanked Lahore Region Cricket Association (LRCA) for giving him a chance to participate in the upcoming National T20 tournament at Rawalpindi starting from 1st September. Butt will represent Lahore Blues in this domestic tournament alongside his ban-mate Asif, Amir will represent Rawalpindi Rams.

Butt further said that during the five year-ban he was playing cricket, but it is not possible to play the same cricket which matches the practice of international standards. He said that as he was in touch with cricket so it will take him a couple of good matches to get back in his true form.

Answering a question about the opening-slot in Pakistan cricket, Butt said that captain Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez are performing good with the bat so it will be a tough competition to get the opening slot back but it is good for Pakistan cricket.

Butt concluded while saying praising Pakistan’s Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, he said that Misbah is a true inspiration for all the cricketers as he has maintained his fitness at this age.

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