UK government could deny Salman Butt Test recall
SALMAN BUTT could be denied a return to the Pakistan set-up by the UK government, according to reports.
Butt was banned for five years in 2010 by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal that rocked the cricketing world.
After a sting by the News of the World newspaper, the then-captain was also found guilty by a UK court for his part and received a 30-month jail sentence.
However, he served just seven months in Britain before being allowed to return to Pakistan under the UK’s early release scheme which holds the condition that the person may not return to this country within ten years of the end of the formal sentence.
The Home Office does not comment on individual cases, but this would mean he could be denied a visa if he were selected for Pakistan’s tour of England later this summer.
Butt returned from his ban to domestic cricket this January in Pakistan and scored 536 runs at an average of 107.20 in the National One-Day Cup while playing for the Water and Power Development Authority WAPDA side.
And current Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq is said to be keen to get Butt into the side this summer but may have his plans defied by visa regulations.
But nevertheless Misbah sees the Pakistan Cup which begins this week as yet another opportunity for Butt to shine.
“We have a settled line up between No 3 and 7 but the opening slot is not as consistent as the rest of the order,” Misbah said.
“There are issues and we are looking at a couple more options including Shan Masood and Salman Butt.