On Tuesday, Pakistan Super League (PSL) officials announced that Salman Butt would replace Mohammad Hafeez, after the latter fractured his thumb during a match with the Karachi Kings.
Salman Butt, who had been on the Lahore Qalandars player draft for the past three years is now part of the Lahore Qalandars squad for the rest of the PSL. The official PSL twitter handle posted this yesterday;
Lahore Qalandars manager, Sameen Rana said, “This is extremely disappointing for us that Hafeez has been injured and won’t be available to Qalandars for the tournament. We wish him quick recovery and hope to see him back in action soon.”
This could be seen as a minor setback to the Lahore Qalandars as Hafeez was the team’s captain. Lahore Qalandars coach, Aqib Javed said that, “we believe that only an experienced Pakistani player like Salman Butt can replace him.”
In his prime, Butt, as well as being an outstanding player, also served as the Pakistan national team captain. However, Butt was involved with spot-fixing with two other cricketers – Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir – in the final Test match series in England, which ultimately led to the end of his international career.
Being involved in a massive scandal like that damaged the reputation of both Pakistan and the national team especially since Butt, the captain, was involved.
Although Mohammad Amir made his comeback after two years of suspension, Butt had been sidelined after completing his bans.
The Lahore Qalandars are set to play Multan Sultans on the 22nd of February at Sharjah.