SHARJAH: Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) franchise, Lahore Qalandars have called up Salman Butt to replace the injured Mohammad Hafeez for the remainder of the tournament.
This is the first time Salman Butt will be featuring in such a high-profile mega event of the game. Butt has been part of the PSL draft since the beginning of tournament in 2016, however, he was not made part of any participating team’s squad.
He will play under the leadership of legendary South African AB de Villiers, who was handed the captaincy by Qalandars after Hafeez fractured his thumb.
This is the most high-profile event Butt will be part of after his return in 2016 from his five-year suspension for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal of 2010.
He averages 55.35 since 2016 – the highest for any Pakistan player with a minimum of 500 runs. Butt has made 941 runs in 24 T20 innings with nine half-centuries since his return to senior competitive cricket.