Pakistan in England 2010 July 27, 2010

'We are young and will make mistakes'

Salman Butt looks back at four crazy days at Headingley and ahead to the England series
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It is a good sign that you are not getting carried away despite a good win in Headingley?
We all know it is a very young side and nobody expected us to do what we did [level the series]. It is very important to stay calm, relaxed and focused because there is a much more important series coming up against the actual home team who know the conditions much better than anyone else. So we need to work very hard, work on every opportunity we get and make use of the conditions as far as possible. That way we can try to give England a tough time.

Watching the games it seems the players have done well to stay calm and devoted despite the rumblings in the aftermath of the Lord's defeat. Has that played a role in you slipping into the captaincy role easily?
It is wonderful to see the boys stick together as a unit in the second Test and they all fought really well. They need to do the same now in every game they play. We as humans can only make efforts and that is all I require of them.

Did this camaraderie among the team strike you as surprising?
It is not something that just came to me during or after the Headingley Test. I have always had faith in this unit right through this tour. I've played with most of these guys from my Under-19 days and quite a few of them play with me at National Bank and Lahore in the domestic cricket. So I know they all have the capability to become match-winners. Yes, it will take some time to really make a name in international cricket but the quicker they can adapt, the quicker they start playing to their potential, the greater the chances of Pakistan winning more and more games.

One youngster who has shown that potential is Azhar Ali. He stood strong at a crucial stage in Leeds' chase and played his natural game. How hopeful are you of him?
He is a wonderful prospect. The best thing about him is he is never seen off target. He is never seen playing shots which he wouldn't do normally. He plays his cricket in his limits. He knows his shots, his scoring areas. In the four innings so far, three times he got out a very good ball which any good batsman might have found hard to negotiate as well. Azhar is a very good talent and if he can carry on this way he has the ability to stabilise the Pakistan batting. He proved that during the fourth innings at Headingley where he showed great temperament and resolve against the Aussies as well as a good technique in tough conditions. But you should not forget Imran Farhat's contribution. He kept the scoring rate high and kept hitting the boundaries at the other end, which helped Azhar to not take pressure. So, full credit to Imran, who built the crucial partnership with Azhar in the run chase.

Farhat is a peculiar case. He has been under pressure in every match he has played after his comeback in New Zealand last year. Yet without scoring massively, or prettily, he has helped form a decent opening partnership with you. How important a cog is he in your wheel?
He has been playing really well from the time of his comeback in the New Zealand last year. It is really fun to bat with him as we help each a lot and share a lot of ideas while we bat. Imran did the same with Azhar. I don't have enough words to praise them because the situation they built the partnership came under lot of pressure and had a greater importance.

Imran is a senior to me, having started to play for Pakistan three to four years before me. So he has a few things to add to my knowledge and vice versa. Each time the one of us makes a mistake we are honest to point it out to the other. Both being left-handers, we understand each other, which is an added advantage. The best thing about our partnership is we are both approachable. That is the only way forward for us and this applies to every other player in the team.

But there still remains this lingering doubt about his temperament. Do you agree?
In the last few years he has strengthened his defence. In the past he used to pounce on the short ball straightaway. He has cut down on that now which is very essential in international cricket and I think him having a control over his shots has helped him score a bit more regularly. It is one of the strengths of any great batsman: if you know what you need to do on a particular wicket it only makes you more confident. I just hope Imran goes playing the same way. He has got the ability, the temperament and the shots. So if he keeps on playing the same way he will be a big asset for Pakistan.

How big a factor was getting advice from seniors like Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal?
I was very lucky in this regard. Not only those two, but every single player including the first-timers had something to say to me all the time. The way they ran around the ground, cheering the fast bowlers, picking their sweaters before passing on to the umpires, chatting all the time and motivating the bowlers created a positive bubble and lifted the team. I asked [Umar] Amin to bowl and he did not hesitate, so the players were ready and willing to do anything.

Was it an instinctive decision or planned out to bowl Amin?
I had told him two days before the Test that he might be asked to bowl if need be. I told the part-timers like Farhat and Azhar to be ready because I know as a batsman it is really distracting to face somebody who is not a regular bowler at a crucial time on a difficult pitch. Yes, the Marcus North example at Lord's where he got me out at the stroke of lunch did play at the back of my mind. But captains, if they have options, are always are willing to take a chance.

So you are not afraid to dare?
If there are doubts then take the most aggressive decision because God helps the brave. My team-mates never say no to anything so I am lucky to have these guys around me.

But Pakistan's fate was scripted by the fast bowlers on the first day when you demolished Australia for 88.
Of course, I cannot deny the importance of the first innings and that was the key to the result. The way Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Umar Gul bowled was brilliant. Without any doubt I can say that Aamer and Asif are the best pair in the world at the moment. Gul with the old ball is the most dangerous because he bowls the best reverse swing that I've played in recent times. I am a lucky person to have such an armoury and they are Pakistan's trump card in Pakistan's successes in the recent past and for a long time in the future.

But it is a challenge now to preserve these fast bowlers with four back-to-back Tests in the next month?
We will be talking to the bowlers. We have to look after each other. But if somebody is feeling tired, disheartened, or if he feels there is any injury scare he can always come out and speak to me and the seniors. It is not only me, but the seniors and the team management who will sit and decide. It is not only this series but with the World Cup fast approaching we definitely have that, too, at the back of our minds so we will preserve key people but at the same time in the big games - Tests - we need to play our best team and plan accordingly.

Pakistan's batting is still fragile and the batsmen haven't show their real promise. What is the message on the eve of the England series?
Batting is the most difficult job. Let it be a Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Saeed Anwar, Inzamam ul Haq or Javed Miandad it only takes one good ball, one bad shot, one bad mistake to get out and sit and watch others. Batsmen do not become great overnight - you have to give them time, you have to back them and keep on backing them and telling them how good they are and how good they possibly can be. We have to be mentally ready for that. We have a good opening partnerships and Azhar and Amin are bright prospects. Then there is Umar Akmal - even if he hasn't yet shown his true potential during the Test series, I have a lot of time for him. If he can bat for two hours he can change the game on his own. The same is the case with his brother Kamran, who has not shown his full potential but hopefully I see them clicking in the England series.

In the past a bad result has led to repercussions for a captain. He gets the blame straightaway. Do you think the positive comeback against Australia might change that?
I don't know what to say. My job is to play the team at hand, and the team they have given me I see ability in them. At the same I keep saying, and insisting, that we need to back the players. It is alright that we have achieved a good victory but there will be tough times ahead and they will make mistakes so me as a captain, we as a unit and nation need to back the players and only then we will see a change.

You have tirelessly said that you are open to the inclusion of Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan if the selectors pick them. But are you open to their comeback?
It is not in my domain. It is up to the PCB and the selectors to decide. I have to play the team given to me. As far as I'm concerned nobody has spoken to me as yet about this subject so I can't comment further on this.

Are you going to ask the board on your own?
It totally depends on when they start talking to me. I am not the one who is going to start this conversation because at the moment I am playing with the team given to me.

It is still early to talk about your captaincy. But what are the lessons you learnt from Ricky Ponting?
Firstly, people might think he made a bad decision batting first at Headingley, but it is very rare he has lost a Test match in this fashion. I still praise his confidence. It is a very positive statement he passes on to the other side that whenever he wins the toss he puts himself in to bat. Not often do Australia fold for 88. And it is never easy in the fourth innings for others teams to chase. He is a very bold character and a very productive captain. The way he placed his field on the last day when 40 runs were needed, and the way he mixed attack and defence, it was definitely a good lesson for me. He is a person to learn from and I always admire his skills. He has one of the best units in the world which helps any captain - if you have a good team and people with the ability to win you games you are lucky as a captain. I am lucky, too, with a very good bowling line-up and very promising young batsmen and I hope every player in my unit will rise to the occasion.

Did you get a pat on your back for the Leeds victory?
Justin Langer remarked the youngsters have a good technique and showed very good match temperament. That was very heartening for the youngsters that a great player like him praised them. But then again if they keep on doing well people will praise them. There are no born heroes in this world. You have to do something to make a name for yourself. The more they do well, the more people will recognise them as heroes, and the better role model they will become.

Finally about this series. England will be tough opponents playing in their home conditions. What is the key now?
You can make it as complicated as you can and this includes myself too. I can use words to make it as complicated as I can or I can just say we have to put in the hard work which is more simple and straight. If we play to our potential England will not have an easy ride. So we need to put in 100 percent.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Madmast_Hathi on August 2, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    I am curious whether Salman Butt will hold his place in this side in the next 6 months.

    @ Tayyab Raza: No, people across the border are not jealous of this side. We'll never be.

  • marsha11 on August 1, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    oh salam, see you need to make complete comparsion prior to go to media,first thing first you are thinking your still young in cricket?Mr.kaneria is young?Mr.Shoaib Malik is young?Mr.Wicket keep is young?some out five,you six peoples are experienced batsmen(i am not talking about bowling yet)otherwise it will be more than six that mean the side is not young.now if you still think its young then i think you need javaid Miandad,Do you think any youngster is fully allowed to play t20-20short?a captain is so responsible to do?i still remember Yousuf says t20-20 remember?Be fare Mr.Butt

  • on July 28, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    I like to see salman butt to bring everybody on board.Have a stable batting order from the top to middle order.Let everyone feel they belong to proper number rather then change in every series.We spend so much on Fawad Alam he is just brilliant cricketer for all formates where is he now.I feel he is victamise by where is he belong to.So i like to see Mr.Salman Butt to be honest and fair with him.Our mentalilty changed otherwise we lose good talented cricketer.Pakistani people knows what going in every department.My request for salman butt to be fair with everyone don't let old guard rule you.I love my country but personel liking and disliking ruiend my career.I give 13 years of my cricket in pakistan and did national records and perform every season.But they victamise me just because i belong to karachi.Well everybody say KARACHI is our PAKISTAN than why they did not give chance to represent Pakistan.Pls for Allah sake change you mentalilty.Let everyone feel PAKISTANI.

  • on July 28, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    I agree with Ahmad Bilal. That was brave from Afridi, and good thinking to realize someone else needed to take over the test captaincy.

  • deevan on July 28, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    At last an educated, well mannered and cultured captain for Pakistan after a long long time. We, Indians used to laugh at the post match comments by their captains. We always thought, why don't they speak in Urdu? That's no more the case now with Salman Butt at the helm. He not only talks about technical aspects of the game, but also expresses very well about the team members unlike previous captains' one line answer 'boys played well'

  • indianzen on July 28, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    I feel that Pakistan has been very successful with bowling captains... so better to have others as captain as its an overhead on butt. But spare a thought for Boom boom Afridi, he just threw away the test captaincy becoz he is temperamental enough... what a man...

  • leave_it_to_the_umps on July 28, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    respect to Salman Butt! Such a refreshing change to see some sensibility coming out of Pakistan cricket. (especially after the afridi debacle!!)

    I think he is going to be a fantastic captain for Pakistan and I really hope that the Pakistan Board give him(and his team) time to prove themselves.

    Congrats on drawing the series with my boys and good luck in beating the english!!

  • on July 28, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Seems to be a nice bloke!! Good Luck Salman!!

  • on July 28, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    looks like azhar ali could become the dravid for pakistan.. be that guy whom u can bet to be there to save ur neck.. :)

  • Fast-Bowler on July 28, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    (Amir x Asif) + Gul = Best trio // Best bwling attack or the world.........

  • Madmast_Hathi on August 2, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    I am curious whether Salman Butt will hold his place in this side in the next 6 months.

    @ Tayyab Raza: No, people across the border are not jealous of this side. We'll never be.

  • marsha11 on August 1, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    oh salam, see you need to make complete comparsion prior to go to media,first thing first you are thinking your still young in cricket?Mr.kaneria is young?Mr.Shoaib Malik is young?Mr.Wicket keep is young?some out five,you six peoples are experienced batsmen(i am not talking about bowling yet)otherwise it will be more than six that mean the side is not young.now if you still think its young then i think you need javaid Miandad,Do you think any youngster is fully allowed to play t20-20short?a captain is so responsible to do?i still remember Yousuf says t20-20 remember?Be fare Mr.Butt

  • on July 28, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    I like to see salman butt to bring everybody on board.Have a stable batting order from the top to middle order.Let everyone feel they belong to proper number rather then change in every series.We spend so much on Fawad Alam he is just brilliant cricketer for all formates where is he now.I feel he is victamise by where is he belong to.So i like to see Mr.Salman Butt to be honest and fair with him.Our mentalilty changed otherwise we lose good talented cricketer.Pakistani people knows what going in every department.My request for salman butt to be fair with everyone don't let old guard rule you.I love my country but personel liking and disliking ruiend my career.I give 13 years of my cricket in pakistan and did national records and perform every season.But they victamise me just because i belong to karachi.Well everybody say KARACHI is our PAKISTAN than why they did not give chance to represent Pakistan.Pls for Allah sake change you mentalilty.Let everyone feel PAKISTANI.

  • on July 28, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    I agree with Ahmad Bilal. That was brave from Afridi, and good thinking to realize someone else needed to take over the test captaincy.

  • deevan on July 28, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    At last an educated, well mannered and cultured captain for Pakistan after a long long time. We, Indians used to laugh at the post match comments by their captains. We always thought, why don't they speak in Urdu? That's no more the case now with Salman Butt at the helm. He not only talks about technical aspects of the game, but also expresses very well about the team members unlike previous captains' one line answer 'boys played well'

  • indianzen on July 28, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    I feel that Pakistan has been very successful with bowling captains... so better to have others as captain as its an overhead on butt. But spare a thought for Boom boom Afridi, he just threw away the test captaincy becoz he is temperamental enough... what a man...

  • leave_it_to_the_umps on July 28, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    respect to Salman Butt! Such a refreshing change to see some sensibility coming out of Pakistan cricket. (especially after the afridi debacle!!)

    I think he is going to be a fantastic captain for Pakistan and I really hope that the Pakistan Board give him(and his team) time to prove themselves.

    Congrats on drawing the series with my boys and good luck in beating the english!!

  • on July 28, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Seems to be a nice bloke!! Good Luck Salman!!

  • on July 28, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    looks like azhar ali could become the dravid for pakistan.. be that guy whom u can bet to be there to save ur neck.. :)

  • Fast-Bowler on July 28, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    (Amir x Asif) + Gul = Best trio // Best bwling attack or the world.........

  • on July 28, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    Salman Butt some border cross people is jealous with you but you keep it up.Inshallah Pakistan and you will win England Series.

  • dmqi on July 28, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Pakistan possibly got a captain who can speak good English with intelligence. That can be a problem with PCB as I do not see any intelligence there. I hope the PCB chairman does not talk for a long time to let cricket settle in Pakistan. Someone called him Bafoon(?) or something like that. Best advise for PCB, find a replacement chairman, just like you found one captain for the team. That will make Pak team world beater.

  • ejsiddiqui on July 28, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Good comments by Salman Butt, he seems to be more mature than what his age suggest

  • on July 28, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Finally a Captain who believes in the terms UNITY, FAITH & DISCIPLINE. This lad is young & so is the team & they are rearing to go so we must keep hoping they keep on walking on the right track & lastly i loved Salman's spirit because he believes that FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE.

  • on July 28, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    i dont know if he is a good captain, for that matter anyone in the squad, but he surely is a good spokesman. He was not tested in the first test, but he will be for sure in next four and i dont see him to be a great captain in this series at least. He needs not to be selfish and burn the bowlers in test series as he aint captain of other format. Amir and Gul should be rested for 2nd & 3rd test one by one.

  • on July 28, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    though m a pakistani but i still believe dat it is too early to say anything abut the duo of pakistan. yes aamir is an exciting cricketer bringing lot of promise to the game but still he needs to develop himself more to repeat the magic of Wsim Akram. Pakistan did well against aussies but it was partly becoz of conditions as well . Deep Down inside i still hope Pakistan to do it 3-0 aginst England.but 1-1 or 2-1 is the chance .. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD :D

  • Urwa on July 28, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    yeah...he is a professional....plus previous captains had fine cricketing minds but little control over their statements bcoz of lack of education.....

  • simon_w on July 28, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Good luck to Salman Butt and to Pakistan. Cricket needs a strong (or at least a stable) Pakistan. Hopefully Butt's maturity and common-sense can be matched by the PCB. Here's hoping, anyway...

  • shehzad76 on July 28, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    Prayers from all Pakistanis around the world are with you Mr. Salman Butt. InshaAllah you gonna perform good consistently and the PCB would also make you a long term captain. Also wish that you do not come under pressure specially when batsmen would attack, please dont change the field positions as you did in Leeds in Aussie's 2nd innings. You gonna win for us Insha Allah .. that we all Believe.

  • on July 28, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    every thing looks good when its a win. people understand each and every word u say. but when u loose even a captin like ponting looks non sense. let there b a failure and then see how sensible butt appears. This selfish unity is not new in pakistan team, earlier the unity was under performing to lost matches for us. Lets see how long this selfish unity lasts.

  • Ali_J_01 on July 28, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Possibly Pakistan will have a new captain, if they lost the series against England. that is the trend in Pakistan cricket. but being a pakistani, i wish my team good luck for the series

  • fouzan on July 28, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    When we win, everythinks seem good and in order, when we loose everything is malfunctioning. c'mon ppl grow up, give this guy at least 2 yrs then declare him a good captain.

  • prashant1 on July 28, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    It seems Pak have FINALLY found a guy with proper captaincy potential. Terrific maturity and level headedness. Afridi , for all his flair and flamboyance, cannot quite be considered a mature leader

  • Madmast_Hathi on July 28, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Do not underestimate England my dear friends. Do not. They are a very good side. Pakistan's team is like its country......whereas England is the up and coming star.

  • on July 28, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    The selection of Salman Butt as captain is the classical example of how we as a nation lacking leadership skills. The player, who never able to consistently secure his place in team, debut in 2003, and till now only played 23 tests (please don't blame it to PCB, if someone is performing they can never drop him), only 3 hundreds with avg less than 33. As per his records, he doesn't has enough skills to be best player in team, and if captain of team is not the best player then other better players will start thinking that why he is captain and they are not....and the problem start...it's simple mentality..even we will see this behavior at the end of England series...and I believe the poor performance of Akmal brothers is one show of this mentality...more shows will come....

  • Joji_ on July 28, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    Like everybody, I am impressed with Salman butt. But one thing I am missing from cricinfo is that nobody is pointing out Kamran's performance. He took some good catches, and overall had a good record in extreme swinging and seaming conditions. I think he should be given a pat on the back. Its clear that he had worked hard on his skills behind the stumps, although this seems to have effected his concentration with the bat in his hand.

  • AleemLatif on July 28, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    Salman has a very good cricketing mind as well as basic ingredients of being a good captain of a side like Pakistan. His analysis about various players techniques/strengths/weaknesses seems profoundly thoughtful and calculated. I think at least he looks like an educated guy - who knows what is expected of him as a captain of an international side and what he should say and what he should abstain from saying. His statements are well matched with Julia Gillard's (OZ PM) statements when she uses very well formed and calculated wordings to express any view point. But one thing is for sure - Mr Butt looks like a more reasonable captain than Yousaf and Younas who used to portray themselves as not more than Jokers or Clowns. Salman Butt showed an intelligent mind during the last test but his fielding placements still need a lot of improvement as they gifted so many singles and 2s to OZ batsmen during the 2nd innings. But overall he is looking good and would prove a good captain.

  • evenflow_1990 on July 28, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    he is very level headed. pakistan have the ability to win every day, they need a good leader to fight for. salman may well be that leader. the rest of the world better watch out!

  • SaqlainHK on July 28, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    very productive interview, keeping his feet on the ground he knows what his boys are capable off. he knows win against Australia did not come easy so he knows the danger of england n he mention only hard work can bring them to success it's great thought Welldone Butt I Enjoy your way of talking. brilliant to have smart spoken caption May Allah bless you and your team

  • Desihungama on July 27, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    Amazing but can't be more amazing than the fact he boards the plane at Lahore terminal as a Vice Captain of the Test Team and he'll exit as a Captain. Now, on the other hand he is a Captain of Test side but a Vice Captain of ODI side? Under normal circumstances, it should be other way around. But on the flip side, he is neither a Captain or a Vice Captain of a T20 side. I am going bananaz and now I know why Khan all the time says we are Banana Republic. THIS, only happens in Pakistan. You people ask why Pakistan is important to Cricket.

  • maliz on July 27, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Incredible performance by Asif, Ameer and Gul. Outstanding utlization of the ball to striker fear in the opponent batsmen.

    If only the corrupt match fixers [Shoaib Malik; Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal] for one would stop their betting against the team and for a change play for pakistan instead of their financial gains. Pakistan will no doubt charge their way to the top ranks.

  • on July 27, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    Very often a fast bowler should send bullet full toss aiming the hip and top bails, if he protects his hip and wicket, mostly he would get out. A fat bowler also should send a very slow ball once in a while but all fielders should be alerted secretly.

    Moreover, I am pretty sure every team must have a plan also studying videos how a certain batsman unusually gets out as everyone has a weakness so bowling and fielding must be costumed according to their weaknesses; of course Australia is already doing that; that's why they are number one in the world and there is no other great reason. Study all the batsmen and dangerous bowlers for their weakness and strengths. This war, Pakistan should not accept the defeat. Remember you must try to defeat every team no matter what the situation is. Remember Australia almost defeated Pakistan in last test. They were even trying even when score was level. They never accept defeat. They keep trying for miracles and reach for stars.

  • on July 27, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    Great responses by Salman Butt, it seems like Kardar is born again. He seems very intelligent but of course Aamir and Asif won match. But the bowlers cant win all alone a team effort, good captaincy and perfect fielding setup and alertness and agility to take the impossible catches are very important.

    Two outstanding greats were Aamir and Azhar Ali. Besides them Asif, Salman But, Imran Farhat did fantastic jobs. The weakness I see is fielders should always mentally imagine to taking a catch, I repeat mental imagination on every ball be prepare to take a catch is very important or not letting the ball pass through them. They must also try to get run out on every ball. They should plan when to slightly misfieled to confuse the batsman to take risky 2nd run. Occasionally Wicketkeeper and all the fielders should be secretly gestured by bowler that which side ball will be off or leg. All the signs should be set. Again misfield should be done very often for run out. Read next Comments

  • on July 27, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    I became Salman's fan ever since I saw him playing in his debut test. He was Pakistan under-19 captain so we can say that he has been groomed to take this job. Salman has a very good cricketing brain. He knows his strengths and weaknesses. He is a good learner. He has the ability to gel the team as a unit. He knows how to encourage youngsters and give respect to seniors. Good luck Salman Butt, you are the captaincy stuff Pakistan team lacking since long.

  • Kasw on July 27, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    the more I listen to him the more he seems captaincy material. The era of stupid statements from Pakistani captains might finally be over....

  • hoodbu on July 27, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Finally! A smart and prudent Pakistan captain who does not get carried away with one success. I just hope his namesake is removed and PCB gets a president who knows how to administer. And I, too, hope the nation is patient with this team and Salman Butt even when they lose.

  • on July 27, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    Hmm. The more I listen to Salman the more I like him. Very mature, level headed and reasonably intelligent. Is he the long term captain we have been seeking desperately? I hope so.

  • on July 27, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Hmm. The more I listen to Salman the more I like him. Very mature, level headed and reasonably intelligent. Is he the long term captain we have been seeking desperately? I hope so.

  • on July 27, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    with Pakistan its just a matter of a unit working together without any politics and back stabbing, and the natural talent of our teams is enough to play well across all formats. Its not so much a question of will they fallout as when they'll fallout but right now just ride with the flow, Pakistan can beat England.

  • on July 27, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Excellent comments, just one thing, a word of praise for Afridi should have been part of this, as his bold decision to get himself out of the way needs to be appreciated.

  • krysh on July 27, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    I'm so happy to see Salman Butt answering with so much confidence. I think Pakistan hav finally got the right man for job. He seems to be spot on about his answers and doesn't luk confused. Hope he can take this team forward and PCB pls give this youngster a fair run as captain. He has age on his side and he may be a good captain for Pakistan in the years to come.... Venkat Krishna

  • Farhan-Sg on July 27, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    The 4 innings against Australia saw 4 batting collapses. If that is not a sign for change then what is? Ideally pak batting should click with enough frequency to give the fast bowlers a break after every 2 or 3 tests, otherwise the inadequacy of "sifarishi" batsmen will eventually end up finishing the careers of good fast bowlers.

  • on July 27, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    good luck Pakistan, hope you win....

  • on July 27, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Finally we have a Pakistani captain who knows how to communicate well. Not just the language but the message and the content of the speech is important and so far Butt has been impressive. In all his recent interviews it is quite impressive and releiving that he is putting a lot of value on 1)communication with all players, 2)hard work and keeping it simple, 3) be humble and not get lost in celebrations and avoid over confidence. We were missing these traits since Imran khan's days! I hope Butt can also bring those old glorius days. All we can do is wait and see!

  • aahd81 on July 27, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Good read. Salman always seemed to have a good head on his shoulders, the interview just shows he isn't talking about beating every team in the world just yet. Good on him. I just wish he would learn a bit more from Ponting in his field placement (not his toss calls) because there certainly were some wasted fielders at Leeds in the second innings and even if Australia could not completely capitalize on that they did take the lead to 180 because Salman was on the defensive. Sharpen your teeth kiddo, you'll do better!

  • Shujaat56 on July 27, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Beautiful, Mature, Sober, Leaderly. Match Winning Aptitude................ Though I have always hated him for his poor batting form.. ut since the T-20 World Cup this year... I have started liking him.... Hats off to his maturity... I really hope that the unit can do good under him and HE sticks to the basics of playing the team given to him....... That is important.... and I hope he improves his test and ODI Batting averages as well.....

    Pakistan... Wish u all the best in tough English conditions.....

  • on July 27, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Like the way he has matured and groomed himself, a mighty bonus for a team lacking unity and discipline....good signs, hope for the best :)

  • on July 27, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    good mr butt keep it up u will surely groomed and do well in the future

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  • on July 27, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    good mr butt keep it up u will surely groomed and do well in the future

  • on July 27, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Like the way he has matured and groomed himself, a mighty bonus for a team lacking unity and discipline....good signs, hope for the best :)

  • Shujaat56 on July 27, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Beautiful, Mature, Sober, Leaderly. Match Winning Aptitude................ Though I have always hated him for his poor batting form.. ut since the T-20 World Cup this year... I have started liking him.... Hats off to his maturity... I really hope that the unit can do good under him and HE sticks to the basics of playing the team given to him....... That is important.... and I hope he improves his test and ODI Batting averages as well.....

    Pakistan... Wish u all the best in tough English conditions.....

  • aahd81 on July 27, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Good read. Salman always seemed to have a good head on his shoulders, the interview just shows he isn't talking about beating every team in the world just yet. Good on him. I just wish he would learn a bit more from Ponting in his field placement (not his toss calls) because there certainly were some wasted fielders at Leeds in the second innings and even if Australia could not completely capitalize on that they did take the lead to 180 because Salman was on the defensive. Sharpen your teeth kiddo, you'll do better!

  • on July 27, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Finally we have a Pakistani captain who knows how to communicate well. Not just the language but the message and the content of the speech is important and so far Butt has been impressive. In all his recent interviews it is quite impressive and releiving that he is putting a lot of value on 1)communication with all players, 2)hard work and keeping it simple, 3) be humble and not get lost in celebrations and avoid over confidence. We were missing these traits since Imran khan's days! I hope Butt can also bring those old glorius days. All we can do is wait and see!

  • on July 27, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    good luck Pakistan, hope you win....

  • Farhan-Sg on July 27, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    The 4 innings against Australia saw 4 batting collapses. If that is not a sign for change then what is? Ideally pak batting should click with enough frequency to give the fast bowlers a break after every 2 or 3 tests, otherwise the inadequacy of "sifarishi" batsmen will eventually end up finishing the careers of good fast bowlers.

  • krysh on July 27, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    I'm so happy to see Salman Butt answering with so much confidence. I think Pakistan hav finally got the right man for job. He seems to be spot on about his answers and doesn't luk confused. Hope he can take this team forward and PCB pls give this youngster a fair run as captain. He has age on his side and he may be a good captain for Pakistan in the years to come.... Venkat Krishna

  • on July 27, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Excellent comments, just one thing, a word of praise for Afridi should have been part of this, as his bold decision to get himself out of the way needs to be appreciated.

  • on July 27, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    with Pakistan its just a matter of a unit working together without any politics and back stabbing, and the natural talent of our teams is enough to play well across all formats. Its not so much a question of will they fallout as when they'll fallout but right now just ride with the flow, Pakistan can beat England.