Karachi: Former Test skipper Salman Butt questioned Central Punjab (CP)’s selection policy for the upcoming National T20 Cup, scheduled to start from September 30 in Multan.
Speaking in ‘Sports Room’ at ARY News, Butt said there wasn’t any logic in dropping him from the first XI squad even in the absence of three main players – Babar Azam, Ahmed Shahzad, and Umar Akmal.
“I don’t know the logic behind not including me in first XI,” said Butt. “Last year, I asked Misbah-ul-Haq and CP’s head coach Ijaz Junior to include me in Baluchistan’s squad as here already two openers – Ahmed Shahzad and Babar Azam were playing who were likely to open for Pakistan in the then upcoming series against Sri Lanka, but they didn’t,” he added.
“This year, even in absence of Babar, Ahmed and Umar, they haven’t included me in the first XI and offered second XI’s captaincy citing unlogical reasons that they want to promote U-19 players in First XI,” he maintained.
The cricketer said he will better wait for his turn in Four-Day matches and One-Day Tournament instead of killing a space for a youngster. “I feel better to wait for my turn instead of playing in place of a youngster. However, one thing is sure, some people are trying to play smartly regardless of knowing the fact that we know things very well,” he concluded.
It must be noted here that Butt was dropped from First XI and offered Second XI’s captaincy but he declined it. PCB, in a statement said, “Salman Butt was not selected in the First XI side after he had failed to feature in any of his side’s matches in last year’s National T20 Cup. In the PSL 2020 for Lahore Qalandars, he has played in only one game to date. However, considering his experience, he was offered to lead the Second XI side, which he declined.”