Scotland December 1, 2009

Scotland seamer Asim Butt dies aged 42

Asim Butt , the Scotland left-arm seamer, has died in his sleep aged 42 in Lahore.

Asim Butt, the Scotland left-arm seamer, has died in his sleep aged 42 in Lahore.

He played five ODIs for Scotland in the 1999 World Cup, performing strongly against Australia, the eventual winners, taking 1 for 21 from 10 overs.

Butt was born in Pakistan in 1967 and played first-class cricket for Lahore before settling in Scotland in the 1990s. He soon won his first Scottish cap, against Yorkshire at Boghall in May 1998, taking 3 for 42 in the Benson & Hedges Cup, on his way to 106 wickets for Scotland at an average of 24.86.

He played in all of Scotland's World Cup games and remained a consistent performer, taking 6 for 42 in the first innings against MCC at Lord's in August 2000 and 5 for 47 in the second innings against Ireland four years later.

He won the last of his 71 caps in the Totesport League game against Somerset in May 2005.

Sahil Dutta is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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