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Salman Butt
Personal information
Full name Salman Butt
Born 7 October 1984 (1984-10-07) (age 25)
Lahore, Pakistan
Batting style Left-hand batsman
Bowling style Right-arm Off spin
Role Opening Batsman
International information
National side Pakistan
Test debut (cap 178) 3 September 2003 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 150) 22 September 2004 v West Indies
ODI shirt no. 1
Domestic team information
Years Team
2000/01-2004/05 Lahore Whites
2001/02 Lahore Blues
2000/01-2007/08 National Bank of Pakistan
2006/07 Lahore Shalimar (squad no. 8)
2004/05-2006/07 Lahore Eagles
2008 Kolkata Knightriders
2009 Lahore Lions
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 25 71 81 136
Runs scored 1,346 2,543 5,654 5,627
Batting average 29.26 37.95 42.19 45.01
100s/50s 2/7 8/12 16/21 18/26
Top score 122 136 290 150*
Balls bowled 137 69 938 535
Wickets 1 0 11 10
Bowling average 106.00 59.36 48.80
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/36 0/10 4/82 2/26
Catches/stumpings 12/– 19/– 32/– 38/–
Source: CricketArchive, 14 October 2008

Salman Butt (born October 7, 1984 in Lahore, Pakistan) is a Pakistani cricketer who is a regular Test and ODI opening batsman. He made his Test debut on September 3, 2003 in the 3rd Test against Bangladesh, and a year later made his ODI debut against West Indies on September 22, 2004.


Personal life

He is graduate of Beaconhouse Garden Town, Lahore.[1]

Early career

He 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 16. 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.[2]

International cricket

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 against India on 13 November 2004, as Pakistan chased down 292, he formed partnerships first with Shoaib Malik, putting on 113, and subsequently with Inzamam-Ul-Haq. Despite having to retire hurt for seven overs due to severe cramp, he returned to steer Pakistan home, finishing on 108 not out.[3]

Yet 2005 saw little improvement, and doubts circulated about his defensive technique causing him to be shuffled in and out of the side. But things started looking up again during the winter Test series against England, in which he scored a century and two fifties with a more cautious attitude to his innings-building the he had previously shown.[4]

One Day International centuries

ODI Centuries of Salman Butt
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 108* 6 India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 2004
[2] 101 16 India Jamshedpur, India Keenan Stadium 2005
[3] 101 27 India Peshawar, Pakistan Arbab Niaz Stadium 2006
[4] 129 38 India Kanpur, India Green Park Stadium 2007
[5] 132 47 Bangladesh Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2008
[6] 136 49 Bangladesh Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2008
[7] 129* 51 India Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium 2008
[8] 100* 61 Sri Lanka Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2009

Batting style

An accumulator, he works very hard for his runs without indulging in too many big hits; his stats showing only two international sixes to date (12 September 2007). He is most famous for his wristy strokes.[5] He scores a lot of his runs between backward point and extra cover. He uses his superb wristwork to angle the bat, placing the ball into gaps using the pace of the ball to his advantage; a very good technique for ODIs where it is best to keep the scoreboard ticking all the time. He also has the ability to cut the ball very fine down to third man if there are no slips, especially against spin bowlers, as he showed to great effect in his above-mentioned innings of 108 not out. These are his specialities, but he has large range of shots. However, many commentators have expressed that his defensive technique has flaws, and that he is prone to playing at balls outside off-stump which should be left.[6]


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