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Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt is confident that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa batsman Khushdil Shah has a bright future ahead of him and is a “star in the making”.
Butt’s comments come after Khushdil was the second-highest run-scorer in the Pakistan Cup with 316 runs in five matches, which included two centuries, at an average of 105.33.
Khushdil feels that he can be the finisher Pakistan are looking for, and Butt, who captained Khyber in the tournament, echoed the 24-year-old’s sentiments.
“The Pakistan cricket team doesn’t have match finishers and power-hitters, so the management is always in search of it, they tried Asif Ali then they tried Umar Akmal,” he was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “I think other than these two Khushdil is such an addition who is capable to hit both spinners and fast bowler, and can hit big as well.”
In addition to being a power hitter, Butt noted that Khushdil also has the ability to go on and make big scores.
“The one special trait about him that is not found in many is that he is a player who hits hundreds and is capable [of finishing] the match as well,” Butt said. “So if our higher ups invest some time on him then I am hopeful that Pakistan has a star in the making.”
Butt had a solid Pakistan Cup campaign himself as he accumulated 154 runs in four matches, which included a century, at an average of 38.50.