Salman Butt former Pakistan Test captain possible to be denied a comeback to the national side due to laws enforced by UK government, according to media reports.
Salman Butt, who was banned from playing cricket for five years during 2010 series by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after his significant involvement in a spot-fixing case, to which he received a 30-month jail sentence in the UK.
The left-handed opening batsman played just seven months before being allowed to return to Pakistan under UK’s early release scheme which holds the condition that the person may not return to the country within ten years of the end of a formal sentence.
According to ESPNCricinfo, this means that Salman Butt could be denied a visa of UK even if he was selected for Pakistan’s tour of England in summer 2016.
31-year-old batsman returned from his ban to domestic cricket in January and able to scored 536 runs at an average of 107.20 in the National One-Day Cup. Pakistan team Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq is said to be keen to get Salman Butt into the side this summer, but his plans may be resisted by UK visa regulations.
In spite of that Misbah-ul-Haq see Pakistan Cup, which begins on 19 April as another opportunity for the 31-year-old to prove.We have a settled line up between Number 3 and seven, but the opening slot is not as consistent as the rest of the order, Misbah said.
Salman is playing well, and overall I didn’t see any such difference since he left [in 2010]. He is a good prospect, and he has also scored ample runs after his comeback. Watching him in the nets he looks good, but now we have to see how well he will do in the upcoming tournament.
There are many issues we are looking at a couple of moment, including Shan Masood and Salman Butt. Butt is a good prospect, and he has also scored ample runs after his comeback, he added. “He looks good in shape in sessions, but now we have to see how well he does in the upcoming tournament.