Salman Butt Biography
Before the infamous Lord’s spot-fixing incident of 2010, Salman Butt was a promising talent who was ready to carry the Pakistan cricket team to new heights.
Salman Butt was born on 7 October 1984 in Lahore, Punjab.
He is a left-handed opening batsman who served as the Pakistan Test captain in 2010.
Salman Butt was just 15 when he first played for Lahore Whites in 2000. Some good knocks at the junior level ensured him a place in the Pakistan A team.
He made his Test debut against Bangladesh on 3 September 2003 at Multan. He registered scores of 12 and 37 in the match where Pakistan won a very close game by 1 wicket.
At that time, Pakistan had a big pool of openers which made the selectors drop the young Salman.
His ODI debut on 25 August 2004 was called off without a bowl being bowled due to rain.
Rise to Glory
Salman Butt made his mark in international with a match winning 108 runs against arch-rivals India at the Eden Gardens on 13 November 2004. He found India as his favourite opponent against whom he scored his first 4 ODI hundreds.
His highest score in ODIs came against Bangladesh in 2008 where he scored 136 runs off 124 deliveries.
In Test cricket, he has got 3 hundreds to his name which include the well-fought hundred against Australia at Sydney in his fourth game.
Salman Butt was appointed the test captain of Pakistan on 17 July 2010 in place of Shahid Afridi. He led his team to victory in the very first match against Australia.
At a young age of 25, Salman Butt, along with Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were involved in spot-fixing scandal in 2010. It was revealed in the News of the World sting that he allegedly told his bowlers to bowl no-balls in the Lord’s Test.
He was immediately removed from the Pakistan team and was later banned from playing any form of cricket for 10 years by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
He spent 30 months in London jail for his criminal offence.