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Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has admitted that he is growing increasingly frustrated with the national selectors as he continues to be overlooked for an international comeback.
Butt, who last played international cricket in August 2010, has been one of the most consistent performers on the domestic circuit, but has yet to gain the reward he so desperately wants – another chance to represent Pakistan.
The 33-year-old returned to playing domestic cricket in 2016 and immediately had an impact as he scored 741 runs, which included four centuries and two half-centuries, at an average of 49.40 in 10 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches.
As a result of his performance, Butt led the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) to their maiden Quaid-e-Azam Trophy title.
After that season, Butt was told that he would be included in Pakistan’s team for their series in the West Indies. However, that didn’t happen.
Instead, he played another season of domestic cricket and continued to excel as he led WAPDA to the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
Despite Butt knocking on the door for a national team recall, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) did not answer and instead put his potential comeback on ice following the spot-fixing scandal that marred last year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Butt conceded that he is getting progressively irritated as he has not been given an answer as to why he continues to be snubbed.
“Some of the players [who were banned after the PSL spot-fixing scandal broke out] have served minor bans and are now playing again and I am still stuck there,” Butt told Cricbuzz. “This makes no sense that I have to bear consequences of someone else’s actions. It is common sense. I have done my job. I have completed my rehab and served my punishment. I should have no link whether someone does anything right or wrong.”
Butt also revealed that he has not been approached by any PSL franchise, even though he starred in the last domestic Twenty20 competition, where he scored 328 runs at an average of 109 for the Lahore Whites.
As if that wasn’t enough, in the previous edition of the tournament, Butt averaged 70 with the bat.
“I don’t know what the criteria of selection in the PSL is… I don’t know what new criteria, other than scoring runs, has surfaced in this country. The franchises can better explain the grounds on which they pick players,” he said.
While there is speculation that Butt could be picked when Pakistan host the England Lions and New Zealand A in the United Arab Emirates later this year, the veteran batsman has insisted that he has not heard anything from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) or the selectors.
“Nobody [from the board] has contacted me,” he said. “Inzi bhai had said in a press conference that I would be tried in the A team first. That time the A tour did not happen. Now with the series upcoming, it is good that you have reminded of it.”