/, Salmān Baṭṭ
; born 7 October 1984 in Lahore
) is a Pakistani cricketer
who was a regular Test
left-handed opening batsman
. He made his Test debut on 3 September 2003 in the third Test against Bangladesh
, and a year later made his ODI debut against West Indies
on 22 September 2004. He was appointed captain of the Pakistan Test squad on 16 July 2010. On August 29, 2010, he was implicated in allegations of spot-fixing
. As of February 5, 2011, Butt is serving a 10-year ban, of which five years is a suspended sentence.
Salman Butt started in the Under-17s and quickly progressed through to Under-19 level, although at the time he was much younger than the age limits suggest, making his senior debut for Lahore Whites in 2000 aged only 19. His talent was noticed immediately, which led to him being given a place in the Pakistan A team against England
soon after. However, instead of rushing straight for the limelight of international cricket, he got his head down and consolidated by playing consistently for his region and the youth teams, until the Pakistan selectors finally drafted him in 2003.
After his debut, Butt was dropped and struggled to regain his place due to some stiff competition for the openers' spots. He returned for the Champions' Trophy in 2004 and scored his first fifty for Pakistan in the Paktel Cup against Sri Lanka
. In the ODI... Read More