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Arif Butt      

Full name Arif Butt

Born May 17, 1944, Lahore, Punjab

Died July 11, 2007, Lahore (aged 63 years 55 days)

Major teams Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan Railways

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 3 5 0 59 20 11.80 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 97 154 16 4017 180 29.10 4 22 44 0
List A 3 3 0 47 40 15.66 0 0 2 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 3 6 666 288 14 6/89 7/118 20.57 2.59 47.5 0 1 0
First-class 97 11877 5376 201 8/45 26.74 2.71 59.0 10 2
List A 3 171 101 2 1/34 1/34 50.50 3.54 85.5 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v Pakistan at Melbourne, Dec 4-8, 1964 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, Jan 29-Feb 2, 1965 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1960/61 - 1977/78
List A span 1967 - 1974/75

Arif Butt played only three Tests for Pakistan, though many felt he should've played many more, especially after one of the most impressive Pakistan debut Test performances. As a tall, lanky 19-year-old, Butt took 6 for 89 on his first appearance against Australia in a one-off Test at the MCG in 1964-65. He was a handy lower-order batsman as well, as a first-class career average of 29, four hundreds and over 4000 runs testifies. In what proved to be his last Test, he made his highest Test score of 20, helping Intikhab Alam add 52 valuable runs for the ninth wicket in a low-scoring, tense draw. It was primarily for his bowling, however, that he was known, possessing a good bouncer and an acclaimed leg-cutter. Along with his height and stamina, those traits enabled him to pick up 14 wickets in his first two Tests, including six wickets in his second Test against New Zealand. To many people's surprise he never played for Pakistan again after that tour down under, more so because Pakistan were struggling to find a decent new-ball pair at the time. It was often suggested that his poor fielding skills and his temperament went against him. The snub didn't prevent an accomplished first-class career. His maiden first class century came in a losing cause against Karachi in the 1966-67 Quaid-e-Azam trophy final but his greatest season came seven years later, when, as captain, he led his side to the Patrons Trophy and the Quaid-e-Azam trophy, often opening the batting and the bowling. He took 6 for 55 against Sindh in the Quaid final and ended the season with 718 runs (including a career-best 180 as opener) and 48 wickets from 12 matches. Though he played on till 1977-78, the early 70s remain his best first-class years.

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