9/24/2017 5:15:04 PM

Pakistan Cricket Board likely to select Butt in the squad

Pakistan Cricket Board likely to select Butt in the squad

Doha: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to include Salman Butt into the national side after the opening batsman impressed with his domestic form since his return from his spot-fixing ban.

But they want to select the 32-year-old for the Pakistan A team to assess his case for a full international return.

A similar scheme was shelved earlier this year in light of the PSL spot-fixing controversy.

“He’s playing well after his comeback. We’re considering him,” PCB chief selector Inzamam-ul Haq told espncricinfo.com. “He was there in our high-performance camp where he was exceptional. It’s good to see that a player has been out for five years, but still maintained a high standard of fitness. We’re not selecting him directly in the international circuit, but will have him play in the A team first and then we will take a call.”

Butt, who scored a century in his comeback game in the National One-Day Cup in January, 2016, returned after serving a five-year ban for his role in the spot-fixing scandal in England in 2010.

He went on to finish the tournament as its second-highest run-getter, with 536 runs at an average of 107.20.

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