Former Pakistan Test captain, Salman Butt, has blamed ex-Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi for being left out of the players draft list for Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Butt made these remarks while speaking to media after guiding his department team, WAPDA, to the final of the Quaid-e-Azam one-day cup on Thursday.
He lambasted former PCB Chairman Najam Sethi and blamed he was the reason the left-arm opening batsman was still out of the country’s lucrative T20 league.
“Several journalists and other people told me that Sethi had asked the PSL franchises to not pick me in the drafts for the previous edition,” Salman said adding that the news had hurt him the most and brought his morale down.
Butt said he personally asked former chairman who refused the news was not true and asked him to confirm other sources too.
“It was obviously unofficial but very heartbreaking. I have served the due punishment and made a successful return to the professional cricket after completing PCB’s rehabilitation process,” he said.
Despite my successful run in the domestic, I have continuously been ignored from the selection committee and the PSL teams, apparently on the instructions from a higher level.
“Every performer in the domestic circuit has earned an international call. You can see all the current bowlers in the team have been selected on the back of their domestic performances, why is the rule not the same for every cricketer?” Butt sought an explanation from PCB.
He said he has been putting all his effort in the field day in day out to return to the top circuit and play for Pakistan once again.
He also mentioned his latest sitting with the incumbent chairman Ehsan Mani and said the meeting ended on a positive note.
“There is no such sanction imposed by the cricket board,” said Mani, as per a local daily. “I do not interfere in selection matters; however, I will raise this issue with the concerned authority.”
Salman’s Sublime Form
Currently, Salman Butt has been in form of his life. Butt, with his sublime batting form, has guided Wapda to the National One Day Cup final for the third consecutive year.
In last five matches of the tournament, Butt has scored 97*, 59, 7, 52 and 76 to his name at and a strike rate of around 90.