An Interview with Salman Butt

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    An Interview with Salman Butt

    by Abdul Habib
    23rd July 2008


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    Abdul Habib: How did you get into the Pakistan team?

    Salman Butt: It was a step by step process for me, I'm a product of the Pakistani junior cricket development system. I played for the Pakistan u17 and u19 teams before I moved on to play for the Pakistan academy as well as playing games at the first class level. It was only then that I got my break playing for the Pakistan team.


    Abdul Habib: You are one of Pakistan's youngest debutants in Test cricket, is there a special story behind how you got into the playing XI? Wasim was dicovered by Miandad, Waqar and Inzi were discovered by Imran Khan and Razzaq got a push from Haroon Rashid and Khalid Mahmood. Were you spotted in a similar way?

    Salman Butt: No as I mentioned earlier I came into the Pakistan side through the youth and academy teams. Along the way I received a lot of help from a lot of coaches many of whom still help me today. They were all responsible for helping me and so I feel it would be unfair to single out one or two names.


    Abdul Habib: When you're batting you always seem to be saying something to yourself before each shot, what exactly are you saying?

    Salman Butt: I say Bismillah (In the name of God) before playing each ball


    Abdul Habib: Do you only say Bismillah or is there a specific dua (prayer) like the Durood Shareef (a prayer) that you recite to yourself?

    Salman Butt: Well before the game I do read the Durood Shareef and I remember Allah(swt) but whilst batting I'm only saying Bismillah before each ball.


    Abdul Habib: Following your Test debut vs Bangladesh in 2003, your next Test series was a debut of fire against Australia in Australia in 2005. You were one of Pakistan's best batsmen on that tour, you were even standing outside your crease to Brett Lee which is an indication of lightning fast reflexes. However your form dropped for the next couple of years after that, what would you attribute that to?

    Salman Butt: I agree with you that I didnt have a very good CB series but if you look at the next tour it was against India in India. I only got to play one Test match but during the ODI series I was one of the top run scorers from both teams and that was a series that Pakistan won. The series after that was against the West Indies where I only played 1 test and 2 ODIs and I scored in one of the ODIs. I'm not claiming that I was scoring centuries or big runs but I was scoring runs, unfortunately I didn't get a consistent run in the team at that time. Sometimes they would play me in the Test series but I'd miss most of the ODI series or they'd play me in most of the ODI series but I'd miss most of the Test series. The problem is that they seem to pick your for an ODI series based on your Test form and drop you from the Test side based on your ODI form and vice versa, I don't think that's right. But I would contend with you that there hasn't been a series where I've played most of the games and not had at least one good score. The exception would be the T20 World Cup where my performances werent good enough but other than that whenever I've played a full series I've usually put in some performances too.


    Abdul Habib: You just mentioned your poor run of form in the T20 World Cup. Did it have anything to do with you being made the Vice Captain? Did being the VC help or hinder your game and what effect did it have on your confidence?

    Salman Butt: It was a great honour to be made Vice Captain of Pakistan, so obviously my confidence was really high at that time. In the games leading up to the T20 WC I scored well against Sri Lanka and in Kenya but for some reason I was unable to score the runs that were expected of me during the T20 World Cup itself.


    Abdul Habib: You came in for a lot of criticism during the T20 World Cup, the general feeling was that if you weren't the Vice Captain of the team you would have been dropped. How did you cope with all that criticism and pressure?

    Salman Butt: If you're not playing well then people will criticise you and rightly so. If the criticism is constructive then I don't mind taking it because when I play well it's those same people who praise me and so it's only fair that they get to criticise me when I'm not doing well. They have their opinions about the way I'm playing and they have the right to express those opinions both when I'm scoring runs and when I'm not. An Insaan (human being) is there to learn and you learn more when you're struggling and going through difficulties than you learn when you're doing really well and everyone is praising you. It doesn't matter what job you do, if you aren't performing at your job you will get criticised so I accept that as a cricketer if I'm not doing my job of scoring runs then criticism will come my way. In the long run I think it makes you a stronger and better person. But there are also those people who support me even during my difficult times and I want them to know that I'll never forget their support because it's very important to me.


    Abdul Habib: You've scored a lot of runs on flat subcontinental pitches but you havent been as prolific outside the subcontinent, eg during the England tour...

    Salman Butt: (interrupts) ...Do you know how many matches I played in England? Do you know how many runs I scored in the side games against the county teams and England A?


    Abdul Habib: Actually, no I don't.

    Salman Butt: I think I played 4 innings in the side games and I scored 60s and 80s with two not outs. I only played two Test matches during that tour, I was run out with Younis Khan on 20 and I don't think it's fair to say that getting run out is a sign of a technical fault in my batting. I was out lbw at Headingley and I was caught in the slips once off Hoggards bowling. I dont think that based on two Test matches you can come to the conclusion that I dont have the technique to play on those pitches. In South Africa I played a game for the World XI at Cape Town where I scored a century under lights, no-one can say it's easy to score on a Cape Town pitch under lights. During the tour to Australia I scored a century in Sydney, In Melbourne on Boxing Day I was run out on 70, I got 60-odd in Hobart and I scored a century at Perth in a side game. Looking at my stats I dont think that it's fair to say that I can't bat outside the subcontinent.


    Abdul Habib: I saw the way you batted on the tour to Australia and I remember thinking at the time that if you can score on those pitches against that bowling attack then you can score anywhere in the world. These questions are being asked on behalf of members of our website, on this occasion I agree with you that it's unfair to be judging your ability to play outside the subcontinent on such a small sample.

    Salman Butt: I want to clear this up if I can. I'd like to ask those people who say these things to have a look at my stats and tell me how many games I've played in Australia and other countries outside the subcontinent. I haven't been selected for many games outside Asia, I can only play in those games that I've been selected for. I can't go by myself and start playing in games against South Africa and Australia, I can only try and take advantage of the opportunities that come my way.


    Abdul Habib: There seems to be a perception that you have a weakness against swing bowlers, eg Pathan and Hoggard. Do you agree and are you working on it?

    Salman Butt: Every batsman struggles when the ball is swinging, I don't know any batsman who hasn't struggled against a swinging ball. It's true that sometimes I've struggled when the ball is swinging but at other times I've scored runs against a swinging ball, perhaps those who say I can't play swing bowling havent seen those games or perhaps they've chosen to discount those games. It's their opinion and they have the right to have that opinion so I cant say much about that. As for me I can only try and practise more and try to get better which I'm doing.


    Abdul Habib: You've had a lot of different opening partners over the years, is there one in particular that you feel more comfortable opening with?

    Salman Butt: The opening combination has been through so much chopping and changing and I've had so many different opening partners that it's hard for me to say that I prefer batting with any specific person. You can't really tell who would make a good pairing with you until that person gets a consistent chance alongside you, I believe that whoever shows the required aptitude for opening should be given a proper run in the team. It's only when an opening pair gets consistent and frequent chances to open together that you can tell if they will be any good.


    Abdul Habib: You've opened with Nasir Jamshed a few times now, what are your impressions of him?

    Salman Butt: During the 4 or 5 games we've played together he's played well, we've gelled well together and I wish him luck for the future. He's a very good player and I believe that if we both get a consistent run together then it'll be good for both of us and hopefully the country as well. He's a very good player.


    Abdul Habib: Watching two left-handed batsmen opening the innings for Pakistan in an aggressive fashion (for th last few games) has reminded some of our website members of Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar.

    Salman Butt: (genuinely pleased) That's a huge compliment


    Abdul Habib: After Inzamam Ul Haq and Mohammad Yousuf, you're fast gaining a reputation as Pakistan's next run out King. Why do you think that you've been run out so many times?

    Salman Butt: Yes this is something that has stuck to me, I dont think the problem is with fast or slow running. I believe it's the calling that's to blame. Still it's unfair to compare me with those two because unlike them I'm always batting with a different person, I dont think they've had as many different running partners as I've had. When you're batting with someone then there needs to be a certain amount of trust and understanding between you, that's not something that happens overnight. It takes a lot of time to develop that trust, it's not possible to do that when your batting partners keep changing every match or every series.


    Abdul Habib: That's a good point about your opening partners but Younis Khan at 3 and Mohammad Yousuf at 4 hasn't really changed for several years now and you've been run out with those two as well. Are you working on your running and calling between the wickets?


    Salman Butt: Yes, definitely, I'm working very hard on it. The last few times I've been run out has been with Nasir Jamshed, I dont think I've been run out with the players you've named at all this year. In fact they've both been wonderful, they're beside me every step of the way helping and guiding me.


    Abdul Habib: During a recent post-match interview you mentioned how Younis Khan guided you through your innings and you were thanking him for his support. You seem to bat very well with Younis Khan, what's it like batting with him and what advice does he give you?

    Salman Butt: It's really helpful to be batting with someone who has such a wealth of experience, he's constantly talking to me and reminding me about what I should be doing. If I hit a boundary he comes up to me to say well done but then he reminds that I should now be looking for singles and that I shouldnt be taking any more chances in that over. Things like that help a lot. When a player of his calibre comes up to you to give you advice and to guide you on how to play a long innings it gives you a lot of confidence in your own ability too.


    Abdul Habib: Younis Khan often comes in to bat within the first or second over so you could argue he's basically been opening for Pakistan...

    Salman Butt: (interrupts) No, I dont agree with that. If you look at the last few series the opening has been doing really well. I dont think it's fair to say that he is always coming in during the first few overs.


    Abdul Habib: Ever since you scored that 290 vs Federal Areas during the Pentangular Cup your batting seems to have become more flowing and confident than it was before. What's changed in the recent past for us to see this new calmer and more assured Salman Butt?

    Salman Butt: First of all I'd like to say, thank God that it's happened! I think it's the result of all the accumulated experience that I've been getting playing for Pakistan over the last few years. I'm also lucky that I'm playing with some great and experienced batsmen, I've been sititng with them to listen and learn from their vast experience. Talking to them about batting and discussing my weaknesses with them has really been working for me. Hopefully this can continue and we can carry on supporting each other and hopefully that will reflect in our future results as a team.


    Abdul Habib: You seem to find it easier to hit a boundary than you do take a single, I think it's because you hit the ball too well and it travels to the fielder too fast. What are you doing to convert those dot balls into singles?

    Salman Butt: The nature of the pitches in Asian countries means that the ball comes on to the bat very nicely, if you're in good form you tend to hit the ball a lot harder and because the outfields are so fast the ball does travel very quickly. The ball doesnt come up much unless it's spinning or there is some grass on the pitch.


    Abdul Habib: But more experienced players like Younis and Yousuf are very good at dropping the ball at their feet, finding the gaps and even trickling the ball down to third man in order to steal cheeky singles. Is this something that you're working on?

    Salman Butt: Yes I'm trying to work these things into my game as well. You have to remember that these players have been around for 10 or 12 years now and these things have only really come into the game over the last 3 or 4 years. Before that they were similar to where we younger players are now. Yousuf Bhai and Younis Bhai tell us this themselves, they say that nothing is going to change overnight. We need to learn step by step and keep working hard and eventually we will be rewarded.


    Abdul Habib: Before you joined the Pakistan team you used to be a batting all-rounder, you used to bowl as well as bat. What happened? Why don't you bowl anymore?

    Salman Butt: If you think back to when I joined the team you'll remember that at that time we had 6 or 7 good bowlers in the side and so I was never asked to bowl. But now over the last year or so we are struggling with our bowling options and I've started bowling in the nets again so that i'm ready for whenever the captain needs me.


    Abdul Habib: How confident are you in your bowling?

    Salman Butt: You can only be as confident as the results that you produce, once I get the chance to bowl in some games and I know that I'll be getting the ball regularly then my confidence will continue to grow as I bowl more regularly.
     
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    BISMILLAH before every ball.. even when the game was fixed?

    another great interview by merc and cs

    btw one thing i hve noticed merc in your interviews is that you dont grill them properly..

    and do you pay them for interviews?
     
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    Bunch of lies. Traitor.
     
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    Liar. Liar.
    Butt got fired.
     
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    What a liar!

    Took everybody for a ride. His team, his country, his family, journalists, the police, the courts, children, men, women, rickshaw drivers, bankers, tailors, EVERY SINGLE PERSON.....he took for a ride and took them for a bunch of fools.

    A disgraceful shameful man.

    I really hope I never bump into him or see him in real life.
     
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    Salman Butt great player i love his batting and captaincy and the way he used to speak
     
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    He must have been counting how many dot balls he needed to play and when.
     
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    Great player? Do you want me to bring his stats here?
     
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    You're not being serious about his batting are you? He was a poor fielder and rubbish batsman.

    However I do agree that as a captain and spokesman he was the best we've had for a long time.
     
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    It's an old interview that PP did - people change over time in any case. Whose to say he was he was spot fixing back then at the time of the interview? In any case he has done a mistake and is paying for it now. It's actually very sad to see his fall from grace and I daresay that there are far bigger 'traitors' out there that still have your respect ;)
     
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    It's an old interview I did when I was at PP, he came across as very dedicated and quite a deep thinker too. He analysed everything he did to a deep extent, even checking the stats of side games.

    He knew exactly what he was doing and how to manipulate others into his web.
     
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    I haven't said he did not know what he was doing. I just find it laughable how people are portraying him as the biggest skank in Pakistan when there have been far more corrupt players (and who were those that set up a culture of corruption where this became acceptable) that people still love and respect who must be thanking their lucky stars that they got away with it in their day and it's only due to the fact that they got away with it that the latest generation of players got caught!
     
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    lahori

    That's an excellent point, there's many cricketers who probably make Salman Butt look like an angel. But it's only the ones who get caught who are vilified.
     
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    that 100 he scored on his first tour to Australia was sensational that against Warne, Mc Grath and Lee. also his performance in 3rd T20 WC was also very gud. His match-winning century against England in 2005 first test at home was also very gud to win a match coming from behind defending a total of around 198. Also his 5 out of 6 odi hundreds in winning cause against india were the highlight of his career. On England tour, he performed well against Aussies.
     
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    Preferred bouncy pitches... A Pakistani rarity

    Now he should be bounced on the head...
     
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    Butt was a pretty solid one-day batsman. Unlike most Pakistani batsmen he had the knack of converting his starts in one-day games. That said he was a horrible fielder and struggled with seam movement big time.
     
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    yep. That's the sad reality. In this case even when it looks like the justice systems knew, they let some of the big name players of the past get away with it....if you ask me, it should have ended with Justice Qayyum's report but unfortunately he has admitted to being a big fan of some of the players of the day, and so how could justice be carried out when he was not even impartial himself?
     
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    Yeah but it was either a low score or a high score...and there were few high scores in odis.

    In tests, its better if we dont discuss.
     
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    I'm being a bit harsh due to my tainted perception of him and he certainly wasn't the worst batsman we had. However he should never have played T20s and he put too much pressure on his partners in ODI cricket. We used to think he was building a platform with all those maiden overs in powerplays but now we know different.
     
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    That fact that he may not play again for Pakistan is not worrying. But that he made our two best bowlers go the same route as he did is. They were valuable to us, more than he was. Imagine Amir, Asif, todays Ajmal in one attack - unbeatable I say. We will miss Amir and Asif a lot, we won't miss Butt as much - maybe only against India we will.

    BUT Salman Butt came across as such an articulate person, he knew how to carry himself. When he became Pakistan's test captain he actually could've made a good captain. He was promising as a newly appointed captain, we also had two of the worlds best bowlers then - we could've become better test side. The sad thing of it all was that he was an educated person, okay Amir and Asif weren't but he was though. If I'm not wrong he was from a rich background too.
     
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    i dont think asif was influenced by him.. may be asif was a bigger cheat than him..
     
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    Butt comes from a privileged background hence his good English and his confident demeanour.

    However dont kid yourself about Asif and Aamer. They were both smart cookies, they were very intelligent guys who were very career focused and understood exactly how things work.

    When we first saw Asif in 2005 he was coming off a huge runup and bowling around 140 clicks but he was ineffective. He went away and re-invented himself into an accurate medium pacer who could move the ball enough to put the batsman in two minds.

    Aamer was being told by his peers and others that Pakistani fast bowlers appear and disappear all the time, he was told he needed to play all available tournaments and make sure he never went off the radar. However after a back injury he himself sat out tournaments and chose where and when to play. He planned his rise to fame by picking the right tournaments to play and resting when he needed it.

    Also you can see from both bowlers that they had more than talent, they were thinking cricketers. They out thought the batsman.

    Compare them to Sami who had more physical talent than both, Imran thought he could be the next Marshall but his problem was that he lacked the thinking part. He failed over and over again because he couldnt out think the batsman.

    Let's not get misty eyed over any of the trio, they were all smart enough to know what they were doing. The only slight defence could be that Aamer was trying to be over smart and his age and lack of experience led him down a path he may not have taken had he been older and more confident in himself.
     
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    Yes, I know that both of the fast bowlers are as sharp as a knife. Nor did I doubt that they are not. But the point I was trying to make was that Salman Butt being the captain and being an educated man should've known better and stopped the two rather than trying to get them involved.

    With Asif and his shady background - dealing with drugs etc - I never doubted that he would do something of the sort. Nor do I actually think that he got "forced" into it, maybe got asked and didn't refuse. But knowing Asif it's not hard to believe that he would get up to such activities.

    Amir does have the inexperience factor, and his young age in his favour. BUT still, I did believe that he was a sharp kid. Now, after the interview with Atherton I still stand by the same sentiments. Through his blatant lies in the interview one could see that he had spent too much time "preparing" for the interview, so that he can live up to the "young kid" perception of his and hence get the leeway.

    Again, I am not saying that they did not know what they were going to do, - I was trying to say Butt should've known better.
     
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    I do agree with you, though it doesn't change my opinion on Salman Butt.
     
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    Again the hypocrisy of some people - another example of someone saying Bismillah at every occasion, sounds religious - but goes on to fix and indulge in corruption.

    There is just no shame in some Pakistanis. We are some of the biggest hypocrites on earth. I think Imran Khan once said if the Scandinavians were Muslims, they would be better Muslims than us !

    I wouldn't be surprised to hear if this awful drop catch pocketed Butt a few quid either:

     
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    ^and then there is 'religious' people who download software without paying for it,claim extra benefits when they aren't entitled to it, or gamble or cheat their electricity meters, or dilute the quality of their goods for sale without disclosing. All of these people are cheaters and some of these have cheated the honest men in their country as a result of their actions too!

    Don't you see - very few people are really really bad, and very few are really really good. Most have their good points and their bad, and these two traits exist in almost every human being if not for all, a good part of their lives - save those who God sent in Mercy.
     
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    Agreed but if we go to someone who dilutes the quality of their goods and we find out then we wont go to that person again. The same for someone who shortsells us or cheats us in any way.

    With that in mind why should we not do the same with the trio?
     
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    ^Actually I think it's so rampant in Pakistan that most people probably still do! Maybe that is the crux of the problem. Corruption is so widespread that almost everyone from top to bottom is caught in it.
     
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    That's probably why our standards are so low across the board. The fault lies at every level.

    There seems to be a prevailing attitude which says 'if everyone else is cheating then why should i miss out' instead of 'just because everyone else is cheating, why should I?'
     
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    they havent done any big crime 2 noballs is no big deal they havent murdered anyone. All 3 should be back and playing. when u have zardari as president who is the biggest criminal in the world why u want to punish these 3 innocent kids? these guys are my heroes salman butt, asif and amir
     
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    @Merc - that's exactly what I am talking about ^^^^^ and the dude above this post has highlighted it perfectly lol

    This 'dirty money' is often from the result of criminal gangs or 'the betting mafia' as the press have you believe. It's incredibly simple minded if you don't believe that any of this dirty money doesn't go to criminal causes...
     
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    Actually they did the worst thing any sportsman could ever do. They didn't just 'bowl 2 no balls' as you put it. The no ball law is very clear in cricket. It results in an extra delivery and run for the opposition and no wicket (other than a run out) can be taken from it. Countless bowlers in cricket history from all levels from test cricket down to U9 schoolboy level have bowled no balls and the game continues....no problem.

    They violated the number 1 and most important code of sports and competition....that you try your hardest at all times and you do not allow outside forces to script the action for financial gain. To cross that line is to cross that line, whether it was match fixing or spot fixing or both is irrelevant. They violated that code and committed financial fraud and accepted corrupt payments in the UK and so fully deserve their bans and prison sentences. If you want to get Zardari, well that has nothing to do with the UK since his offences have been committed in Pakistan so we have to hope someone decent wins the next election and charges Zardari, Nawaz Sharif etc for their crimes.

    Of course Pakistan is a very corrupt society. People pay bribes to anyone and everyone to get things done......even something as simple as a stamp on a piece of paper or to get a driving license. Of course that corruption has seeped so deep into peoples psyche that most people probably aren't immune to it. But that doesn't mean Butt, Asif and Amir should be let off. As I said they committed the worst possible offence a sportsman could commit. There is nothing worse than fixing when it comes to sport.

    They will do their time in terms of their corruption criminal convictions in the UK but as far as cricket is concerned, I would have them all blacklisted for life. I would have had more sympathy for Amir had he come clean immediately, expressed remorse, apologised, cried etc but he spent a whole year playing the victim card and now has come up with some wishy washy half baked story about him being tricked.

    We missed out on our opportunity to get these people in the 1990s and look what happened. We cannot miss this opportunity again.

    Forget how good Amir was. That is irrelevant. Another Amir will come in a few years, just be patient, he's out there somewhere.
     
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    Need to change the country's mentality Before this problem goes...
     
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    Shahzad.Firdous Cornered Tiger

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    come to think of it Asif and Amir were the best bowlers in the world and Salman Butt a fine leader who was leading the team back to its glory days we won after 15 yrs against Aus under his captaincy in a test.
    another thing why did they let off Warne and Mark Waugh why icc always finds pak players to target?
     
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    Mercenary The Lone Wolf

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    Shahzad.Firdous

    I really, really hope you're being sarcastic. Why should we care about Waugh and Warne?

    This is exactly what I meant when I said this...

    In the 80s the whole world was using partisan home umpires to cheat their way to wins but Imran Khan stood up and demanded neutral umpires. He even appointed neutral umpires in a home series against the strongest team in the world, something which even the invincible Windies never dared to risk doing against Imrans team or any other.
     
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    AZK Emerging Player

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    as a lot of you may already know, was my absolute favourite player in the current team, and perhaps all-time behind Lara, Inzy bhai and Saeed Anwar.

    his betrayal felt so personal and was so heart-breaking, even though I never met him.

    was in denial for a long time, he was the LAST person I could have ever expected to do what he did.
     
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    Cricket_MN Youngsta Beauty

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    As someone already has mentioned above, it is what Butt did to Aamir that hurst the most.
     
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    As captain he was brilliant in the pre-match interviews and post-match conferences. He was confident, eloquent and quite charming. All the English media were quite smitten with his style and demeanour.

    There's no doubt for me that had he not cheated he would still be the captain today and for years to come.
     
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    I think we should keep Islam/Religion out of the discussion. Surely we might not find it appropriate, but remember we are not the one to judge anyone. That is not our duty, so we rather leave others work on those who are best for that job (in this case Allah (SWT)) :).

    Had chance to meet him back in 2008 and he was rather a real gentlemen in Pakistan side. Quite sad and frustrating to see him behind the bars today where has nearly another 10 months to live.

    May Allah (SWT) make things easier for him and his family.
     
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