Pakistan v Australia 2010 July 17, 2010

'The future is safe' - Salman Butt

Moments after being confirmed as Pakistan's new captain following Shahid Afridi's shock retirement, Salman Butt spoke exclusively to Cricinfo
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How do you summarise the events in the last 24 hours?
I knew nothing about it [Shahid Afridi's retirement from Tests] beforehand. But I have respect for his honest opinion and he made a very good decision. He took the captaincy after we did not have a good tour of Australia, and we'd had a very difficult time, so he has done a great job so far. He has been doing wonderfully well in the one-dayers and Twenty20. I really respect his decision about Test cricket because this is a totally different domain. It is a big decision to make and not too many people would've gone through and made a decision like he did.

Did you predict anything like this might happen when the tour began?
Being the vice-captain meant if anything goes wrong you are the next man. So I was partially ready for something like this, but I didn't expect him to retire like this. So mentally I was partially prepared.

What will be the biggest challenge ahead for you?
We have a very good young unit. The two new guys [Azhar Ali and Umar Amin] have done really well because the standard of bowling at Lord's was world class. Yes, this is a home series but we all know this is not home. Still the way they played it was heartening. It is a step forward. If we play this unit for the next eight to ten months, we will have a different team. We still believe we can beat any side because it is this same side that won two Twenty20 matches against Australia, even though we lost two tight matches in Asia Cup. It is a good sign.

The average age of the side is under 25 so to have this potential is important. If we can see the youngsters play for the next 10-12 years, we can build a very good unit. But the important thing is that we have to be patient because experience does not have any short cuts. We have to give ourselves and the youngsters time and at the same time work hard. I am very sure that these guys are committed and they want to play for each other and the country.

No doubt it is a rebuilding phase but being the captain now, in addition to being the senior batsman, does that increase your burden?
You can add the weight by using a different word but as a player my responsibility is the same: to go out there and perform to the best of my ability. It does not matter who is the captain because I am playing for Pakistan primarily and secondly for myself. If I don't do well I won't be in the team. It applies to everybody. What I see in my team is that they have the ability to fight. The other important thing is the new guys don't think about the big names. We tell each other everyday that we can beat anyone. The belief is steadily starting to develop and one day we will be once again a force to reckon with.

Your batting at Lord's looked settled and confident. Did you work on it consciously before the tour?
There is nothing big to do. The best thing to do is to get your basics right and do the simple things well. I was just watching ball. That was one the one pieces of advice I got from a man, whose name I don't want to reveal at the moment. He was one of the best batsman I saw opening the innings. He just told me "watch the ball from the time it starts form the bowler's hand till it reaches you and let your body react to it." It has worked. The rest of my coaches here - Ijaz bhai, Waqar bhai and Aaqib bhai - they have been helping me and the youngsters. Even I don't have much experience. I have only played 28 Tests. You can call me a senior batsman but compared to other big players I am just two or three years older. I am not promising big things but there is definitely hope and the future is safe.

Can you talk about the coaching think tank - what exactly do they bring to the table?
The best thing they bring is the mind of a champion. These were people that were part of the team that brought Pakistan cricket to the top. They were there when Pakistan won the World Cup. Aaqib bhai has been the coach of two Under-19 World Cup winning sides, Ijaz bhai was coach this year of the Under-19 team which ended as runners up [in New Zealand]. Waqar bhai was a champion bowler and needs no further introduction. These are people who have experienced pressure at the highest level and performed well, so there is nobody else better than these three to describe a game to a youngster. Their presence is very valuable and I hope every squad member will take a piece from their book and apply however he thinks suitable for himself.

The PCB haven't ruled out the return of the two Ys - Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan. How would you look at such a development?
At the moment nothing has been discussed with me about them. Nobody can deny they are two great players but at the moment they haven't been discussed. We have to be content with what we have at hand. I'm very happy with the new boys who have come in. And even former players share the same opinion. We need to give them a long run. Nobody is a born Mohammad Yousuf or Wasim Akram or Inzamam-ul-Haq - even these players were not known when they came into cricket. Their performances made them who they are. So we need to given the youngsters the time. Hopefully, and I'm sure, they will make a name for themselves.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • salmanq on July 24, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    Butt walked the walk and talked the talk. Yousuf and Younis however are in the creek without the paddle and hopefully will stay there till eternity:)

  • onlinegamer55 on July 24, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Salman's test batting average of 30 should rule him out of all forms of cricket. No professional batsmen can sustain a decent career with that sort of batting average. Axe him, I say! Bring Younis Khan in his place and Mohammad Yousuf in Shaoib Malik's place.

  • antonella on July 23, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    cmon salman!!!!!!!!u're my dearest vice captain,,,,,,,,bt now u.....u can do it.i like the way u talk.very very intelligent.good luck

  • on July 20, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    According To The Present Squad (Salman But, Yasir Hameed, Shoib Malik, Azhar Ali,Umar Amin, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, M.Aamir. M.Asif, Saeed Ajmal) Should Be The Playing 11 For The Next Test Match Between Pak vs Aus. Thank You

  • on July 20, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    congratulations salman butt...best luck...

  • on July 20, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    At this moment Pakistan should be facing there level of opposition, but oh well. I want to see a tour of Westindies, its been a while. A tour like this can be very interesting as both teams are inexperienced, losing their matches, and rely on a single batsman/bowler(s).

  • faisalmalik2002 on July 20, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    Salman Butt. Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Mohmmand Yousaf, Younas Khan, Shauib Malik, Umer Akmar, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Azhar, Abdul Razzak, Umer Gul, Mohmmad Aamir, Mohmmad Asif, Shauib Akthar, Rao, R. Afridi. best Pakistani team just add Imran Nazir in it and wil fully change all team in feid or as well as in Batting

  • on July 19, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Salman*,Y Hameed,Umar Akmal,Yousuf,Younis,Azhar Ali,Kamran Akmal,Aamer,Asif,Gul,Ajmal/Danish. yousuf & younis both should be back otherwise Pk fans must wait 2/3 yrs to see test match victory

  • on July 19, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Butt is in the form...but who knows whose gona be the next victim of PCB? Definitely Salman butt can't bring back to back success in Test cricket coz this's new team & it will take 2/3 years time provided Pk gets enough test matches per year. There's no more Inzi yousuf younis in the middle order whose avgs in 50s. Pak this team likely to loss against Bang in test cricket.....so PCB should plug in one by one younger player not whole team.....let yousuf younis back to the Team & plug in Umar/Azhar only one in the Team & through Malik away permanently the route cause of problems

  • sugumarrising on July 19, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    I have heard someone providing the facts about india vs pakistan overall head to head, we accept that pakistan has the better records in tests & odi's, but india has the better records in this decade, and also we have the better head to head records in t20s, and also we are not too far away in test cricket,india has the best record in cricket's greatest tournament (world cup), india has never lost a world cup match against pakistan in any forms of the game, so we also have some great things to tell, and also one of the friends have said india is playing well because australia, westindies, & pakistan are down, i want to remind world cricket one thing india is the only team to beat australia in australia(at peak) in 7 years, you may tell southafrica has won a series in australia in 2009,when southafrica beat australia there is no GILCHRIST, DAMIEN MARTYN, LANGER, WARNE, MCGRATH, GILLESPIE, but when india had beaten them all these great players were playing thats the difference.

  • salmanq on July 24, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    Butt walked the walk and talked the talk. Yousuf and Younis however are in the creek without the paddle and hopefully will stay there till eternity:)

  • onlinegamer55 on July 24, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Salman's test batting average of 30 should rule him out of all forms of cricket. No professional batsmen can sustain a decent career with that sort of batting average. Axe him, I say! Bring Younis Khan in his place and Mohammad Yousuf in Shaoib Malik's place.

  • antonella on July 23, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    cmon salman!!!!!!!!u're my dearest vice captain,,,,,,,,bt now u.....u can do it.i like the way u talk.very very intelligent.good luck

  • on July 20, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    According To The Present Squad (Salman But, Yasir Hameed, Shoib Malik, Azhar Ali,Umar Amin, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, M.Aamir. M.Asif, Saeed Ajmal) Should Be The Playing 11 For The Next Test Match Between Pak vs Aus. Thank You

  • on July 20, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    congratulations salman butt...best luck...

  • on July 20, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    At this moment Pakistan should be facing there level of opposition, but oh well. I want to see a tour of Westindies, its been a while. A tour like this can be very interesting as both teams are inexperienced, losing their matches, and rely on a single batsman/bowler(s).

  • faisalmalik2002 on July 20, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    Salman Butt. Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Mohmmand Yousaf, Younas Khan, Shauib Malik, Umer Akmar, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Azhar, Abdul Razzak, Umer Gul, Mohmmad Aamir, Mohmmad Asif, Shauib Akthar, Rao, R. Afridi. best Pakistani team just add Imran Nazir in it and wil fully change all team in feid or as well as in Batting

  • on July 19, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Salman*,Y Hameed,Umar Akmal,Yousuf,Younis,Azhar Ali,Kamran Akmal,Aamer,Asif,Gul,Ajmal/Danish. yousuf & younis both should be back otherwise Pk fans must wait 2/3 yrs to see test match victory

  • on July 19, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Butt is in the form...but who knows whose gona be the next victim of PCB? Definitely Salman butt can't bring back to back success in Test cricket coz this's new team & it will take 2/3 years time provided Pk gets enough test matches per year. There's no more Inzi yousuf younis in the middle order whose avgs in 50s. Pak this team likely to loss against Bang in test cricket.....so PCB should plug in one by one younger player not whole team.....let yousuf younis back to the Team & plug in Umar/Azhar only one in the Team & through Malik away permanently the route cause of problems

  • sugumarrising on July 19, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    I have heard someone providing the facts about india vs pakistan overall head to head, we accept that pakistan has the better records in tests & odi's, but india has the better records in this decade, and also we have the better head to head records in t20s, and also we are not too far away in test cricket,india has the best record in cricket's greatest tournament (world cup), india has never lost a world cup match against pakistan in any forms of the game, so we also have some great things to tell, and also one of the friends have said india is playing well because australia, westindies, & pakistan are down, i want to remind world cricket one thing india is the only team to beat australia in australia(at peak) in 7 years, you may tell southafrica has won a series in australia in 2009,when southafrica beat australia there is no GILCHRIST, DAMIEN MARTYN, LANGER, WARNE, MCGRATH, GILLESPIE, but when india had beaten them all these great players were playing thats the difference.

  • sonjjay on July 19, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Well Salman does seem to be the best choice for Pakistan out of the current crop. I had commented before the start of the first test that Pakistan would be let down by their batting. On the bowling front i must say they have one of th best bowling line ups in world cricket today. Theyy just need some solid players in the middle order , unfortunately just when u think they are moving in the ryt direction they jst make a u turn.Well I am an Indian bt for the sake of the game I hope pakistan becomes the fierce side they were it will make our matches against them much more intresting.

  • Acton49 on July 19, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    One more thing, there is no direction as far a Pakistan Cricket is concerned. Has anyone spoken to Umer Akmal about his pathetic display in both the innings? Azhar and Amin will surpass the younger Akmal as the mainstay of the future. Forget Kamran, whose batting has gone down the toilet. The only redeeming feature is our bowling. SO what was the difference between this performance and the one in Australia. If it wasn't Kamaran Akmals keeping and blunder and the dropped chance off Ponting, we would have been the first Pakistani team to have won an series in Australia. You do not experiment on a prestige tour hoping that we will find another Inzamam / yousef / Younis! The upcoming players should have exposure at the U19 and "A" tours to Australia/England/NZ and SL but the tour should be a regular basis so they are groomed well for the main team.

  • Seasole on July 19, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Come on Salman!! you can do it!

  • sugumarrising on July 19, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    what about india vs australia contest?

  • poderdubdubdub on July 19, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    The majority of the Pakistani batsmen might be talented but they do not possess the necessary temperament or the training/coaching to play Test cricket. You can not be a credible test team on the bases of three top class bowlers only!! Pakistan can only play with the likes of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe or the West Indies.

  • Acton49 on July 19, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    It amazes me that aaj ka chokra, giving the same Afridi like speech of "We have a very good young unit. The two new guys [Azhar Ali and Umar Amin] have done really well because the standard of bowling at Lord's was world class." what planet is Salman on! Shane Watson / Marcus North... for that matter Johnson or Steven Smith if you call them world class then we should be bracketed with the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabawe. Take Salman Butt and his batting in the first inning. The so called capitan does not know how to play with tailenders so that he can keep his wicket... and expose the tailenders, does he think players like Gul, Asif, Danish is a front line batsment that he take run on the first ball and let the others face the rest of the over. But he takes the other view with the top order and want to keep the strike. Pakistan cricket is in for a rude awekining if think that putting the likes of Akmal / Azhar / Amin and hoping that we are in England for an experiance .. Think again

  • on July 19, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Salman butt is very good classy batsman. Has the cool head and Hope PAK team wont swap him like they did bfr .

    Let him t be in the capatinsship for atleast a year. sure they will get beneifts.

  • on July 19, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    my all wish with sallman butt.he is great player like a saeed anwar.his performance in all format is very good.

  • poderdubdubdub on July 18, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    I wish Salaman Butt and the rest of the team all thed best. However, looking back at the way they batted in the second innings at lords (152/1 to 289 all out), its highly depressing. The need of experience is one thing and repeating your mistakes everytime is entirely another. How many more innings Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal need to learn the basic skill of responsible shot selection. 7 out of 10 Pakistani 'batsman' got out playing horrendously irresponsible shots. Australians did not get us out, we gave them our wickets in a plate to the part time bowler Marcus North. People like Zaheer Abbas, Hanif, Mushtaq, Inzi knew the art of shot selection from the very begining, they did not take 30 test matches to learn the basic skills. I dont think the majority has the necessary temperament, full stop.

  • Daniel_Cartwright on July 18, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Best decision to make him captain, Uncle Ji's who dont support it should have a cup of tea and read DAWN or JANG and make thier opinions influenced by the Journalist Uncle Jis who wrote those columns somewhere else please. Thank you.

  • u4ic4ever on July 18, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    THIS IS FOR MY INDIAN FRIENDS FEELING GREAT ABT PAK CRIC AFFAIRS THESE DAYS. Lets just talk facts-1) check Pak V/S Ind overall record in any format. Once Ind catches up please restart your chest thumping. 2) Ditto for Pak and Ind record against any top playing country 3) Ind is doing well coz Aus, Pak, WI are down these days. Now let me tell you the way it is-YES, WE AS A NATION ARE GOING THRU SOME TOUGH TIMES - IT IS REFLECTING ON OUR CRIC PERFORMANCE. We do not have any real cricket at local level, no test, no intrntnl, PCB admin sucks etc. there is no money in our cric compared to your IPL, TV rights, etc. Our cricketers are not rich compared to Dhoni et al. YES WE ARE DOWN FOR NOW AND WE KNOW THAT. Just like you guys sucked during 50s-2005 against us. INSPITE of this our future looks promising. ABT AFRIDI- After what he did to you guys in Kanpur, no wonder u r peeved at him..AND NOW A FACT:he is rated #2 ODI Allrounder &#9 bwler in the world. It is all cyclical my friends. Peace.

  • ihaq1 on July 18, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    well salman butt has a good bowling side but probably an unsteady batting outfit...he can now select a new opening partner and slot in a middle order batsmen...the choice might be limited but that is how he will be seen as a captain...it will than remain tobe seen how they battle at headingley..the captain has to have a strategy...everybody playing his own game...how much should i score and who should i get out to...if the results are terrible than his captainship might not last very long...we dont even know whether he can captain or not...the team as individuals and as players has to realize that we are running out of captains...the next choice might be umar akmal and amer or asif...he could also try playing umar akmal at three and yasir as a possible opening partner with his present partner not being seen as up to the mark...

  • on July 18, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    the most unpredictable team always in unpredictable situations............God bless our team

  • Aura1 on July 18, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Pakistan Test Cricket is realy dreadful, the reasons are the 2 T's, Temprament and Technique, though Waqar and Ijaz Ahmad are the two couches but I think we should have a bating coach as well. Remember the days of 1998 and 1999 when Pakistan really bounced back and stood runnerup in the World cup final. Come Up Team Pakistan.. just think seriously and professionally. The future is really yours.. and Please give chance to Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Malik in all the formats..

  • sihota on July 18, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Sorry guys....Kamran has done nothing recently. He is a liability to the team. Disgraceful effort in Australia and his batting is very poor. Bring back the Ys as they are still the best players. Shame Pakistan.

  • Saaz_Zaidi on July 18, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Huh...Salman Butt a right leg of ijaz Butt..He has never been a true fixture in Pakistan Cricket team...And have a lay attitude...May God bless of some more Run outs..Eventhu he performed really well in first test...But Captaincy is always a different job..Afridi made good decision but if he can consider him for this tour that will really brings Pakistani colors infront of the whole world...He always been and he is always think Pakistan first....He got the opportunity but may felt that it will not change Pakistan Cricket...in last test also we restrict Aussie in low total but our Batsmen made us down...its not the Afridi...Yeah temperament shud require in test matches but after 4 years with some new heads in the team how he cud think of himself...now we have to move to leeds test where you can find the approach of (both the BUTTS)...NO IF NOT JUTT ONLY BUTT N BUTT( IJAZ N SALMAN)

  • mobihhh on July 18, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    bad decision he doesn't deserve to be captain,he is good player but cant be a captain. I think Younis khan is performing well at the county crickeso he should be in the side. and I think AIjaz butt should leave himself...

  • sameer422 on July 18, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Best of luck for Pakistan team....and Salman Butt.....Inshallah salman Butt will become a good captian...if pakistan players play as a unit.....but pakistan will be missing the classical players Younus khan & Mohammed yousuf.....gr8 players cant be replace in one night?

  • on July 18, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    If salman takes his responsibility well than PCB can't change the captain ni if not then after the tour of england the new skipper should b muhammad yousaf,coz he is a record holder player!!!!responsibility are shown in tour matches!!!!

  • 4thelement on July 18, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Salman's appointment as Skipper of the Test Unit is going to be a nightmare and a clear sign of ruling politics within the PCB. He will be the worst Captain Pakistan ever had. God Bless Pakistan and its Cricket!!!!!!!!!

  • faisalmalik2002 on July 18, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    the best pakistani ODI and T20 cricket team

    1. Salman Butt 2. Imran Nazir 3. Azhar / Saeed Anwar/ Yasir Hameed 4. Younis Khan 5. Umer Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Mohmmad Aamer 9. Umer Gul 10. Mohmmad Asif/ Abdul Razzak/ Shuaib Akthar/ Mohmmad Sammi/ Rao 11. Spiners choose one or if not select Shauib Malik and permote him to 6th position

    i think every one will agree with this choice selection the best one that Pakistan can have... responce needed. thanks

  • Pakipower786 on July 18, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    Once again we are forgetting that boys cant win test matches-without Yousef and Younis we got no chance

    Salman will be ousted by Shoiab Malik in internal politics and replace him as captain -just watch! .

  • Zara.Khan on July 18, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    Too many captains, I guess Pakistan change 2,3 captains in every year. How can team develop and how can guys settle down as a team. I guess PCB needs to give time to new captain now. Shahid Afridi was a wrong choice in test matches, Butt should have been test captain right from the start, but better late than never. Should appreciate Afridi though, for his honesty and truthfulness.

  • faisalmalik2002 on July 18, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    we really need IMRAN NAZIR in all Pakistani teams sp in odi's t20's also try in test cricket. he shure can bring alot of change in cricket ..

  • on July 18, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    wish u all the best for the future ....Salman Butt

  • razaqaiser on July 18, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    This is not related to temperament of the players. You need good administration to put the system in right track. Eversince Ijaz Butt is in, there is a steep decline. I think Zardari should forget politics in cricket and ask Imran to rebuild the whole setup. This might work other wise we are soon down the ladder with Zimbabmwe.

  • Pratik_vodka on July 18, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Salman is an average opener, he is not a great player as some have stated he does not even show that great a promise. Since he is already played over 28 tests with an avg of 32 which isn't anything of great note, when you compare to same time entrants as Gautam Gambhir Shane Watson (the opener) Dilshan (the opener). These are just comparisons in the opener position. But yes when you compare to extreme lack of talent in Pakistan side Salman does stand out. In test the last world class performer Pakistan had produced was Mhd. Yusuf and since then all have been below Test standard. Not seen even a single batsmen post 2000 debut from Pakistan who has played consistently in 2 seasons. Its a shame for World cricket that a cricket crazy nation like Pakistan cant produce test players. So if Pakistan cant how can you expect test cricket to grow in countries like Zim Bangladesh and other associate nations.

  • on July 18, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    GOOD luCK sALAMAN AND kAMRAN FOR THERE CHALANGING ASSINGMENT S CPATAIN AND VICE CAPTAIN. IT IS VERY CRUSIAL TIE FOR PAKISTAN CRICKET EVERY THING IS NEW AND THEY HAD TO DEPEND YOUNG PLAYERS. THE MANAGEEMNT STILL NOT READY TO ASK MOHDYOUSEF AND YOUNES TO JOIN THE TEAM. i REMBER WHEN wASIM BARY BECAME THE CAPTAIN AND HIS ENGLAND TOUR HE LOST MOST OF THE MATCHES. THE PRESENT TEAM IS MORE WEEK THAN THE WASIM SIDE. ANY WAY UNTIL ANDUNLESS THERE WILL BE BIG CHANGES IN THE TOP MANAGEMENT WE CAN NOT SEE ANY IMROVEMENT IN EVERY WALK OF LIFE. AFRADI MADE A HESTIC DECISION HE SHOULD AT LEST WAIT FOR aUSTRLIAN TOUR. ANY WAY HE DID WHAT HE THINK BETTER FOR HIM AND CRICKET.

  • HashmiMA on July 18, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    In my opinion this is high time that PCB should move on with this new team. In my opinnion they did not performed too bad in the first test against the Aussies. Considering that Pakistan has inducted 2 debutants for this tests and the conditions were very tough for batting the performance was just okay.

    Positive thing that appeared to me is that there is potential in both the new batsmen and I can say that technically they both are far better batters then other tested players. On recall of 2 Y's, I think they both have gone past their peak now and its high time that we should look to the future and continue with this new team. Give them a decent run and I am sure we would be able to resolve the technicalities and confidence lacking in our batting department.

    Bowling is as always our strong point, however the missing link is the killing instinct in the end. With 2 W's we simply used to wipe out any tail with a swipe, here I see ourselves struggling in wiping out the tail.

  • IMIM on July 18, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    I think 2ys shall be in the team otherwise u cant win a match against Australia even against Bangladesh.. bcz you dont have any renowned batsman in the team n test cricket is all about batting so -How can u win matches..

    Just to change captin u will not be able to compete you need good players to fight.. These young kids are not able to fight with big players because once you play against big players you loose your confident so you need some senior players in your team to give you boost and confidence ... So Salman shall request the board to bring 2YS or even Younis back in the team..

  • bravecavalier on July 18, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    agreed get rid of all the old guys and put in cricketers like azhar ali and umar amin and let them play for sometime without shifting them ...its like the old bark of the tree has to go before it can grow stronger again

  • on July 18, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    wish u all the best salman,very very matured speaking

  • on July 18, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Butt Statement clear that politics is still in and SALMAN BUTT as skipper of pakistani test team for me it's a big joke He doesn't deserve to be a captain you can look at his career he has a in and out career and now he is a captain my words pakistani cricket future in test matches are dreadful and painful for sure. Now as Afridi is a skipper of ODIS and T20S INTS PCB should give me a long run like 4 or 5 years and for salman but as a test skipper it's a nightmare and after 1 series it'd be over for sure GOD BLESS PAKISTANI CRICKET TEAM The real problem for pakistan team is now day their management all are involve in a big mess I don't know when our President would take action against PCB chairman no matter our team loose or win our support is always with them but kindly don't make wrong moves pakistan future in team match cricket is almost over now as I can see even now BANGLADESH can defeat us in a test match for sure in with in 2 years our cricket go to backward .

  • on July 18, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    After Imran Khan .. this is probably the first time I am reading some sensible talking for a Pakistan Captain .. all of Javed Wasim Waqar Inzimam Shoaib Malik Afridi are "Over promised Under perform"kind of captains .. whereas it has to be other way round .. like Australia .. they always give their opposition the due respect .. even if they have thrashed them since 15 years ..

  • on July 18, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    @EverybodylovesSachin: Don't forget u had been beaten by Bangladesh couple of time....and everybody knows what's the cricket level of Pakistan and those non-sense statements proves nothing dear, everybody knows the facts.

  • on July 18, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    New team

    1 salman 2 yasir 3 azhar 4 umer ameen 5 umer akmal 6 shoaib malik 7 kamran akmal 8 umer gul 9 aamir 10 asif 11 danish

    Salman is lazy person......soon shoaib malik would offer the captaincy..

  • sneeky55 on July 18, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    PCB is crazy for handing out all these useless charges. Two Ys are really Pakistan's best players. Using there disabillities, Umar Akmal should bat at 3 or4, and put hameed in as replacement for farhat at the top. Use A Ali and U Amin and 4 and 7. Promote kamran akmal to 6, put malik at 5.

  • on July 18, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    I wonder how many times I've to congratulate a new Pakistani captain in my comments. Enough.........damn PCB. Please give some time to this man.

  • on July 18, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    BUtt may b very young with his age but he is very mature with his views...hope he'll b a gud leader for pakistan.But nothing can b predicted of pakistan and pakistan cricket board 2mrw they may make kamran akmal the captain and some other on very next day

  • Shujaat56 on July 18, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    I think Pakistan needs to come out of the Younis - Yousaf psyche.... Its time to gove a chance to the new comers... who i think have done very well against a very strong Aussie pace attack under critical Lord's conditions....

    As for Butt... I think he is promising... But first.. He needs to improve the consistency in his batting... Thats the call for being a captain to a very very talented side of a very "jazbati" nation...

    Wish Pakistani cricket team the best of luck..... Lets hope for the best in the coming years....

  • on July 18, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    May be he is not that gifted as a player but certainly his mental abilities / thought process suggests he is going to be a good captain...best of luck!!!

  • on July 18, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    impressive... i think he is going to become a great leader for Pakistan cricket and he will lead the team to a great start.. wish him all the best

  • domnic1 on July 18, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    being a big fan of umar akmal, i wonder why pakistan are wasting him at no 5 , send him top of the order, give him no 4, hes tempramently and technically sound than any other pakistani current batsman, construct the team innings around him,. i am an indian but i hope pakistan dont ruin umar as they did to imran nazir.

  • neelh on July 18, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    i think he was talking about "Saed Anwar" who gave him the advise of watching the ball till the last moment, as he was a gr8 opener!! may bee

  • landl47 on July 17, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    Salman Butt seems to be a thoughtful man and he batted very well at Lord's. However, this is the weakest Pakistani batting line-up I have ever seen and if it wasn't for the fact that this isn't a very strong Aussie bowling unit they'd have been destroyed. I hope Salman is given the time he needs to begin rebuilding the Pakistan batting, as he evidently realizes is necesary. The selectors are going to have to eat some losses for a while until good young players mature. Salman shouldn't be blamed for that.

  • kumar211980 on July 17, 2010, 23:34 GMT

    Expected......Another time pass by PCB...whoz next...umar amin.!!!..lol....wish all the best to hang on till end of so called "HOME SERIES!! And waiting to see next captain!!

  • on July 17, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    At this time what the Pakistan team and especially the narrowminded triggerhappy PCB officials need is patience. If Shahid Afridi does not want to captain the side his decision should be respected and he shouldn't come under fire for opting for ODIs and T20 which are far more suited to his style of play. And as far as Salman Butt goes, he is a level headed person and a decent batsman when you look at the lineup of the current team and their performance in Test matches. Pakistan has definitely become a lot weaker since the departure of Yousuf and Younis but we really can't expect them to be back and even if they do it will be for a year at max considering their age. So here is where the notion of patience and nurturing the new recruits for the trials of Test cricket will be of importance. And the PCB will have to think this out before firing more cannons at the players.

  • swat1999 on July 17, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    Good luck Salman butt, hope you have a nice future

  • NISH67 on July 17, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    Salman seems to have a good head on his shoulders and seems a calm individual with no qualms about what he faces , quite unlike recent pakistani captains like Yousuf and Afridi who just didnt have the wherewithal to last . If the PCB bites the bullet and gives him a long run without jumping to hasty conclusions , Pakistan may well have unearthed a leader for the long haul !~

  • EverybodylovesSachin on July 17, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is in the level with Bangladesh...Look how Afridi's attitude in the second innings..very poor very poor he needs to learn how test circket is being played and that is even in his final test what a shame...Pakistan cricket is going down...Nice talking does not prove anything prove with your bat abd ball...

  • khan-hk on July 17, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    1st congrats to BUTT for captain and i hope that he ll work hard and improve PAK cric 2nd i dont know why they not throw away FARHAT and give the chance to HAMID he is a very talented player and can bat very well and PAK CRIC BOARD throw away IJAZ BUT some where there that he dont know how to come back to PAK as well we dont want to see him in PAK as well bring back YOUSUF , YOUNUS they are world class player and Mr.Coach you made a big mistake in 1st test you debute two new player no3 , 4 what you were thinking you are going to play a test match against BANGLA or ZIMBAB no man they are world champion ok remember for 2nd test plz haan and give chance to MALIK and YASIR to open and for3rd we want to win after 15 years this is huge time think about it thanks

  • Ashu123 on July 17, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    being a captain in Pakistan almost became a taboo. younis khan, Mohammad Yousuf and Afridi all left the team after getting the captaincy

  • SPAK on July 17, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Shahid Afridi had no place in the test team. He could not play as the sixth batsman and could not replace Kaneria as the leg spinner. He can not be in the team just as a captain. Mohd. Yusuf's time is past. He is too old and slow now. Yunus Khan's performance in English county season this year has been pathetic. Not one century. He is no Saviour. Pakistan is going to lose anyway so give time to Azhar Ali and Umar Amin to mature. Constant praises showered on Umar Akmal has gone to his head and he is batting as immaturely as Shahid Afridi. Fawwad Alam has been wasted and maid to play in T20 and low down in the one dayers when he is an accumulator of runs and not a slogger. I hope Salman has the balls to show the Sifarishi Farhat the door.

  • Big_Poppa on July 17, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    Salman Butt is very young, but he is undoubtedly talented and has a mature head on his shoulders. As captain, he needs to bring some similar type of players within the team -- these can include Nasir bin Saeed and Asim Kamal, rather than imbeciles such as Imran Farhat who give Pakistan a bad name.

  • m.shujaat on July 17, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    All the Best Wishes to Mr. Slaman Butt...I don't really used to like Salam Butt as opener much....but recent performance has proved him good enough to be in the side..GOOD LUCK For next match...how Salman Butt got out is good leason for every youngester to learn...ONE mistake..u r out of the game..

  • JalalpuriaPunjabi on July 17, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    something pakistan can't change and thats themselves. they will never be f succesfull. and will ruin a good player like salman butt

  • zaheerthetop on July 17, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    You know biggest culprit Ejaz Butt should go otherwisw you will see umar Akmal will be the next captain in couple of weeks he has ruined career or Shoaib Akhtar, Yusuf, yunus even you can say Inzi, He should thrown In Atlantic some where I think pacific will be the best so never come back

  • chokkashokka on July 17, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Decisions being made by the Pak cricket administration never seem to amaze me - bunch of cartoon characters. Pak will lose this series badly and most likely the next one with the English as well. The Kangaroos are a shadow of their former selves and it would have been a joy to see them lose but we'll have to wait. Why was Afridi forced to take on captaincy when he didn't want to? The decision making is so knee jerk and muddled. The kangaroos on the other hand are developing these mediocre young players and by the time the world cup and ashes roll around, these young players would have played a lot of cricket and will be battle ready. I just hope Asif and Company cause give them some scars over the next month or so.

  • on July 17, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    Butt....hopefully will be around next season. With muscial go round it will be a wonder if he is still captain next year

  • on July 17, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    this is really a professional reply from Salman Butt, nothing exaggerated, very unlike Afridi type and no controversial thing. This guy has some potential to do wonders for the team, I hope we can build on this team

  • on July 17, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Salman BUTT Captain with 32.75 average as test opener great ... offcourse no choice for Ijaz BUTT to go with another BUTT. Best of luck salman. Hope to see you as captain when you return home...

  • m.a.khokhar on July 17, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    wish u a verr good luck Salman butt.. you are a pride of pakistan and never let your country down and always be honest with it this is my beleive you will go a long way Inshallah.. Good Luck pakistan long live Pakistan

  • ahassan on July 17, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    A usual run of the mill interview every new captain gives before taking over the captaincy. It is a different story altogether after losing a match and it is very much in the offing very soon with kind of people running PCB. If salman wants to be a good captain he should not tow the line of PCB bosses. He should ask for the return of Yunus and Yousuf if he wants to be a successful captain otherwise his future is also bleak. This interview gives us an impression that he is scared of his PCB bosses. ahassan

  • syedahmed91 on July 17, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Salman butt is a good guy and a great player, sad his talent will also be wasted by this board. Feel sorry for pakistani fans and players who are victumized by these corrupt politicians and their pets. Theres a huge thing going about politicans lying about their education and having 'fake degrees' in pakistan, someone outta come check out these pcb guys, we really need to know where or how they got the qualification for this job.

  • on July 17, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Very impressive interview. I don't know much about Salman Butt but he seems to be a very confident and bold person. His answers are very formal and educated. I wish him all the best and hope he becomes a strong leader that Pakistan needs right now.

  • JosCardozo on July 17, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Good job done SALMAN BUTT, that is what a real captains interview is, to remain neutral and give no chance to the media raise a question on your answer.....other Afridi would have said......THEY HAD NO CHOICE THAN ME........ALL THE BEST

  • on July 17, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    i hope salman performs great again in headingley

  • saqo_ss on July 17, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    first of all shahid afridi should not take responsbility as test captain if he had as ramiz raja said he should finsh the tour first then annuonce the retairmint from test any way he made the decion we got new talent but we should keep one of our most talented and experince player yousuf or youinus the youngster can learn from them more salmans first interiew looks positive and shaning signels we need long term captian i think butt desirve it goo luk to him and pakistan team

  • XooX on July 17, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Salman Butt is one of my favorite among the Pakistani batsman..He seems to have done really well against India, but nevertheless, I have always admired his batting...Good luck on captaincy, Salman..It's a thankless job, but just learn to get along..

  • on July 17, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    @ hafiz hahhahahahahahahaha LOL

  • ahmadz on July 17, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    management has to bring back moh yousef and younis khan, and imran farhat should go home, butt stays as captain.

  • on July 17, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Pretty mature interview and very good attitude. Hopefully Pakistan does well in next matches to come. They are very young and inexperienced side and they (including Butt as captain) should be given as long as possible.

  • on July 17, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    As an Indian, I like seeing India beat Pakistan. Simple as that. The only thing that gives me greater joy than is any team from the sub-continent beating Australia including Pakistan. I celebrated too early when the much vaunted batting line up folded for 250+...In any case, life was still good when Punter motormouth Ponting fell for 26 and 0..it was a saving grace:) Good luck to Pakistan. Wishing you stability as a team.

  • on July 17, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    hahaha("Being the vice-captain meant if anything goes wrong you are the next man. So I was partially ready for something like this")...... HAHAHA LOL!!!! well prepared 4 interview than cricket

  • on July 17, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Pakistan should take a leaf out of Australia's books - As far as I remember, we have been in a "rebuilding phase" since the disaster of World cup 2003. I know that this young team is enthusiastic and promising however at the test level we should not throw all our "raw" ammunition at once. Bring the 2 Y's back and let these young guns to brush some experience. Learn from Watson and bring Umar Akmal at the top to open. My team would be:1) Salman Butt 2)Umar Akmal 3)Younis Khan 4) M. Yousuf 5) Misbah/Azhar Ali/Umar Amin 6) Kamran Akmal 7) A.Razzaq/ Azhar Mahmood/ Shoaib Malik 8) M. Aamer 9) Umar Gul/ Saeed Ajmal 10) Danish Kaneria 11) M. Asif

    Keep in mind, Azhar Mahmood still has some gas left to play at this level. We need experienced all rounders to balance the side - I hope the selectors read this and at least give some of them a chance.

  • Murtaza90 on July 17, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    it seems that he is an honest man all the best !!!

  • JunaidQamar on July 17, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Bowling is on song, batting needs shaping. Bring in Saeed Anwar as a batting coach.

  • on July 17, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    i hope the captaincy thing doesn't ruin his career hes my fav batsman from Pak cricket team

  • Shahzad_Tirmizi on July 17, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Lets see for how long Butt remains the captain. But I think to stabalize Pakistan cricket the instant step is needed to sack Ijaz Butt who has ruined Pakistan cricket. My God 5th Captain within a year its absolutely rediculous.

  • on July 17, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Pakistan will play like underdogs to defeat Australia in the next Test. Nah! Who am I kidding. But surely the team in much more united and disciplined. Now that the two Y's of Pakistan who were only a disgrace as Captains are gone, we need new players. Don't expect performance right from the start, but you can surely expect a tough fight. Pakistan I want to see those Australians scratching their heads and biting their nails again. It's time to give test cricket the t20 touch.

  • udas123 on July 17, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    i hope he deliver sum thing but looks to me big disuter is on the way 4r pakistan ,,,,but any way i hope and pray 4r team best of luck ... and keep afridi odi captain....

  • Rafiz on July 17, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    "Nobody is a born Mohammad Yousuf or Wasim Akram or Inzamam-ul-Haq"... even Mohammad Yousuf wasn't born Mohammad Yousuf!!

  • on July 17, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    well an awesome interview and each word meant business , best of luck Salman butt n best of luck Pakistan cricket , INSHALLAH we il rock n last but not least gr8 decision by Shahid bahi but a bit late , he shouldn't have taken it at first but its better to be late then never :D , my heartiest prays for shahid bahi in onedayers n t20

  • cricsecular on July 17, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Very hard to digest Afridi's decision but lets accept Butt as a captain who bring lots of promise to the table and he has shown very recently. Still I can't believe Afridi's decision since he has all the potentials and he has played well while was playing in the Tests 4 years ago, probably someone must have explained him he is better than many other players in the Test team.

    Butt need to focus and PCB/Senior players including Younis and Yosuf (if they returned) have to understand the present situation and issue some statements that they are completely behind Afridi and Butt then that will open immediate doors for them.

    I am feared that these superb bowlers or the debutants may get distracted and someone have to convey the message to them and bring more wins very soon.

  • on July 17, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Lets just hope that Salman loses his amazing ability of dropping 9 out of 10 catches that come his way.

  • on July 17, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    good interview. seems he has a sound head on his shoulders... hope his batting is not affected.... only thing i didnt like was his curt reply to question about 2 Y's.. the team needs both of them at moment.. hope salman isnot feeling insecure already

  • pakistaniblood on July 17, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    another pakistani captain gone but real problem still there which is Ijaz Butt who should resign for pakistan loosing yet another test match. Imran Farhat and other failed players including salman playing in side and yousif and younis looking from outside. shame on butt. new pakistani captain has 32 average in testsbefitting pakistan who are all alike now..

  • NabeelUsmani on July 17, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    I think Afridi has made a really wise decision by retiring and stepping down as the test captain. Because he is a player better suited to the shorter formats of the game.

    And Salman Butt has got a reallyy intelligent head above his shoulders, so I hope he turns out to be a decent captain too!!!!! Best Of LucK Salman!!!

  • Happpy on July 17, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    He is a good thinker and educated man in whole team. He can speak English well. Another thing is that when President Bush came to Pakistan then only Salman Butt was with him and was telling him how to play and all other players were confused to play cricket with a huge personality. So he showed his moral there and He spoke English pretty well with President Bush.

    He has these qualities but we still see him confuse while playing an International match. He doesn't field well and drop catches too. This all happens when he work as deputy, so what he will do when he will standing as captain? I think took pressure, nothing else.

    So Younis and Yousaf must come into the team and Younis Khan should be the test Captain.

  • on July 17, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    best of luck to u guys and plz find another promising fast bolwer like mohamed AMIR

  • thejam007 on July 17, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    I want to see Yasir Hameed in Action.

  • aditya104 on July 17, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    What a cool character this Salman. Didn't read any interview of his before. Wish him all the best.

  • on July 17, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    good ineterview overall..one can tell that he has a balanced head on his shoulders. the only annoying thing was his reaction to question abt the 2 Y's. I hope he's not feeling insecure already about their possible re-entry into the team. but that's what the team needs at moment.. both of them should be back not shoaib malik

  • Himad on July 17, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    The only changes in Pak team composition in headingley will be that Afridi the captain will be replaced by Salman Butt (whome I think can do the job) and his batting spot will go to Shoaib Malik who I am still not sure can make those 30 odd runs Afridi made. So good luck Pakistan. I can't express my feelings about Ijaz Butt on this forum as I think Mr Speed was being very nice to him by calling him just a "buffoon". I always thought YK was a right captain for pakistan but now I want him and MoYo in the team just to groom the two new bats and Umar Akmal as we should persist with Salman Butt now. I also don't understand like 99% of Pakistanis that why Shoaib Malik is there. He played his 30 odd tests because he could, as the team's middle order was the best in the world with Inzi, MoYo and YK in it. But now, no no..somebody just need to explain this to Abdulqadir who is recommending him for the 6th batsman position. One word for Afridi, "Aggression and suicide are two different things"

  • on July 17, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    let see what happens its very immature to say right now whether salman butt can handle pressure...

  • on July 17, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Words showing he has something to do well.... we all are supporting him... but please do bring some harmony and satability in team.... alot of changes creates alot of problems...... so have gud look for future... and my Heart is saying we will win the next Test match against Australia..... go team Pakistan go....

  • karthikfromchennai on July 17, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Pak cricket is in deep waters...a money less board, poor management, teams not willing to tour pak, player safety, players behaviour(how many banned and how many were fined) ...and biggest worry is performance by the national team...losing test matches...It will take many decades to restore pak cricket in all aspects. Changing the captain will not solve the issues. Should change the fundamentals.

  • on July 17, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    wrong choice... the defeats against aus and eng are destined ... if only we could get YK back to steer the team back to the right track :S

  • Zahidsaltin on July 17, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    A PIECE OF ADVICE FOR SALMAN

    1) As compared to Australia, Pakistan players/bowlers lose their line and length and energy when ever going gets tough. Its a prolonged observation that whenever an opposition builds a partnership our bowlers make them flourish. Just look at Lords, when last two wickets were hard to fall, Gul,Aamer, Kaneria, Afridi every one bowled some wide, short, full etc. Even the pace disappears. Do something about that.

    2) While playing Australia, our players do a good job against their strike bowlers and use all their energy on concentration and then when ever Smith, North or watson come to bowl, they take a break from concentration work and tend to try scoring cheep runs against them. At Lords 14 wickets were offerd to them. While in Australia we again gave it to their spinner who otherwise was not so good a spinner. We try to find an easy bowler and lose it to him. A work has to be done on this. Players must take the fifth bowler as serious as strike bowlers

  • on July 17, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Pakistan under the leadership of Salman can develop into a good test team, but cannot win a test against any reasonable team in near future.

  • ahmadz on July 17, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    BRING BACK MOH YOUSEF AND YOUNIS KHAN PLEASE MR IJAB BUTT. CAN U NOT SEE, THE WHOLE WORLD CAN SEE IT EXCEPT U, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU. IMRAN FARHAT SHOULD GO HOME. UMER AMIN AND AZHAR CAN STAY STILL. PLEASE MR IJAZ.BUTT SAHIB, WAKE UP, IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU, IT IS ABOUT PAKISTAN SIR. BRING THEM BOTH BACK. SALMAN CAN STAY AS CAPTAIN AND IMRAN FARHAT AND PERHAPS SHOAIB MALIK SHOULD GO HOME.

  • on July 17, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    I have a good feeling about Salman Butt. He is not your average flashy, stylish Pak cricketer. He has shown he wants to fight hard and look ugly but refuse to give up. I think after Shoaib Malik and Yousuf - Pak finally have a role model test captain.

    Afridi, the rockstar, hope he does a great job in ODI/T20s. Once Afridi retires in a year or so, Butt is the future. Best of luck Pakistan, from an Indian supporter. Hope your team becomes the feared unit from 90s!

  • on July 17, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    i thibk after afridi butt is good chooice coz he is young & talented too afridi,malik,yousif & younis are good players & hope soo they play in future for pakistan under salman butt

  • Himayun on July 17, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    The musical chair goes on. About half a dozen captains in a year or so. How many top order players are forced to retire, discarded, and matches lost?

    Like Afridi, Butt is bad among worse. Now let us wait for his demise! Like all the previous decisions this appointment is hailed as the best thing after the slice of bread.

    H. Mirza, USA

  • on July 17, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    Haris above hit the nail on the head ! Makes perfect sense . Pakistan needs psychologically strong men who are talented - not talented men who don't have the mental strength to take the pressures of an international game !

  • on July 17, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    I can't believe this, Salman is averaging 32 is Test and he has now become a Captain of our team. If PCB were not picking fights with Yousuf and Younis, we would have been in better situation......Ijab Butt just can't handle this business....

  • shakkw on July 17, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Slowly Pakistan is building a good team. Salman can be good captain and knows how to talk, his batting has matured. I like the look of both Umar Amin and Azhar Ali, and along with Umar Akmal we can have a very good middle order. Good Luck to Salman and Pak Team..

  • monteath on July 17, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    WAY TO GO SALMAN! THE Q AND A WITH CRICINFO, SHOWS GREAT CONFIDENCE IN SELF AND THE TEAM! I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET SALMAN FOR FEW MINUTES IN JAIPUR DURING THE ODI IN 2007, IN CONVERSATION HE THINKS BEFORE HE SPEAKS AND VERY WELL GROOMED AND INFORMED IN SHOULD ADD. I THINK SHOAIB MALIK WAS GOOD TOO, THEN THERE IS NO EXCUSES SOME ONE HAS TO RIDE THE HORSE WAGON, WELL DONE PCB. NOW COACH, MANAGER ,PCB GIVE THIS TEAM A SPACE TO DEVELOP CRICKET,DONT GET THEM KNOTTED UP IN POLITICS. MY VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS. ONCE MORE,CHEERS TO SALMAN AND I WISH HIM GREAT LEAD THE TEAM SUCCESS FROM NOW ON. KEVIN-TORONTO

  • wanderer1 on July 17, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    I think with the production line of creating players still very much alive in Pakistan and some very promising youngsters breaking through (some in the team and some back in Pakistan) the future isn't looking too bad for Pakistani cricket. As long as you can keep churning the players out, they'll be OK. BUT the problem is that this team is by far the newest and most inexperienced in world cricket and it's going to take a few years for this team to mature, so there's going to be far more defeats than victories in the coming few years. Look at Salman Butt himself, a couple of years ago he was touted as a potential top quality player but lacked experience and temperament and was in and out of the team, slowly but surely he's getting better and he's only 25 and is now a solid opener.

  • Hasso29 on July 17, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    May our team starting wining test matches.

  • on July 17, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    afridi's decision (however ill-timed it may be) is going to work in pakistan's favour in the longer run..we clearly saw him struggle with the ball and his batting wasn't much of a bright spot either.. this would allow the likes of malik or hameed to come into the team.. i still think farhat should be out, let azhar open with butt, with hameed, umar akmal, shoaib malik, umar amin, kamran akmal coming in at 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 respectively.. in any case, good luck to team pakistan!! the nation will never stop supporting you..

  • Desihungama on July 17, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    That man is Simon Katich.

  • gulnasreeno1 on July 17, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Pakistan should approach promising players who qualify to play for Pakistan in UK or Austrailia, look at England,Austrailia.The UK has many talented players in various clubs and counties

  • on July 17, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    can someone please please tell me what Imran Farhat is doing in the side, he is no more than a third class county cricketer or not even that. hes just in the team because he has some relationship with a selector. i think he drops the standards of pakistani cricket. for pakistan to start winning test matches they need to bring mohammad yousaf and younis khan back and kick players like imran farhat out.

  • ERMANO.ESTE on July 17, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    3 OR 4 TEST CAN NOT BE ENOUGH TO JUDGE THE CAPTAINCY ABILITY OF AN INDIVIDUAL. YOU MUST GIVE HIM TIME TO PLAY DOMESTIC CRICKET AS A CAPTAIN FOR AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE. BORN LEADERS ARE RARE TO FIND AND IF U CAN SEE ABILITY IN SOMEONE, THEN U MUST POLISH HIM. AFRIDI TOOK THE RESPONSIBILTY WHEN NOBODY WAS READY TO COME IN THE LIMELIGHT. ALTHOUGH EVERYONE WAS DAMN SURE THAT THIS TEAM IS NO MATCH FOR THE AUSTRALIAN SIDE, BUT ATLEAST HE WAS THERE TO CAPTAIN THE TEAM AND AT LEAST TRIED TO PUT EFFORT IN IT TOO. NOT TO BLAME ANYONE SPECIFICALLY, BUT SURE ITS A SCENE OF CORRUPTION ONLY AND NO GOOD GOVERNANCE.

  • sami01 on July 17, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    it is not Pakistani team it is Punjab 11 selected by Ijaz butt..and Imran furhat ,shoaib malik, akmal, even salman butt overall record doesn't show him a great or good batsman..these all have the batting averages below 35..not even these new players have an outstanding domestic record to select in the Pakistan team..there are other players scoring 1000+ runs in every season but not even considered in the 35 players..Kick Ijaz butt kick shoaib malik and kick kamran akmal from the team...Not a single player from this pakistani team even know how to bat in test cricket such a shame for out country...Butt can be a good captain because he can speak english very well..LOLLLLL this is the greatest joke of this year...:P

  • on July 17, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    The way Salman has batted at Lords, the advise is for sure came from Saeed Anwar. This is pure reflection of Saeed Anwar's batting. Well Done Salman, long way to go. I pray for your and Pakistan's success.

  • SubbuTK on July 17, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    At last, some sense in the PCB. I think it is a decent move to appoint Butt as the captain. Better batsman than most of lot and knows to converse decently. A captain who can communicate with a clarity of thought is leader. One suggestion I have for the lineup is to bring the Akmal brothers up the order with the two youngsters alternating.

  • on July 17, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    I like the positive outlook from Salman, even though he's not gonna win you test matches just as yet, he's gonna do something what right now desperately needs to be done - Be positive and sensibly develop the young and talented team.

  • on July 17, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    As an Australian, I want to see competivitive games, and Aus to come on op of course. But I do like Butt as a captain. I tought he should of been captain for the Australian Summer Series. To me this Pakistan Team has great Potential and will be a shame if they dont forfill it. Looking forward to the second test.

  • adil8 on July 17, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    Afridi: "Allah has given me two ears: I hear with one and throw it out with the other".. I was disgusted to read this stupid remark from our Skipper BUT I am so happy that Unpredictable, Unreliable, Unsuitable Afridi left!! RIP!! LOL!! Salman Butt is not only a Consistent Performer But He Sounds Decent and Aristocratic and I am so Happy to see Him as our Captain!! Go Butt Go!!

  • natmastak_so-called on July 17, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Optimistic eh ...boy dont u know u r a mere puppet in the hands of the great pcb .

  • on July 17, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Don't burden him so much! Don't expect that he'll be performing from the word go as a skipper! We should give him time so stop hoping so much!

  • on July 17, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Salman is a very good friend of mine. We played cricket together at club and region level. Besides my relationship with him, I can guarantee that he is the best choice under the given circumstances. He has attitude, confidence and can take burden on his shoulders. I would like to congratulate him and wish him a best of luck. We must not think that he can do miracle in the rest of the tour. But, knowing his abilities, one thing is sure that if seniors do cooperate with him, we will see good fight in rest of the summer. Regarding the return of two Y's, I think PCB must not consider these things now. They are great players but the time has gone. Now, we need to prepare some young boys. Azhar is a good talent & we must have such players in tests. No one is born to be a great player. I personally like Afridi's decision of taking retirement from the test cricket. However, I feel that he must not take part in the 2nd test by giving an excuse (unfitt) and later, announce the retirement.

  • gulnasreeno1 on July 17, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Salman Butt you have a good team, jus call MOHAMMED IRFAN over from Pakistan to take Afridi place..........forget the 2 Ys

  • h4haseeb on July 17, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    salman butt's interview was fine, he shows that he has the brain to work around the guys in this test team... best of luck to him, and we should move on and expect some good things from this squad

  • maddy7869 on July 17, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    I really think that Salman Butt is a really good thinker and student of the game we all love called Cricket, he has a good head screwed on to him and to compliment that he has the ability to think under pressue when wickets are falling like a pack of cards around him, he is busy scoring runs l....

    I think he will be a great future star after Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail who defined aggressive openers, since them Salman Butt seems to bring that spark back into the forgotten charm of aggressive and sensible batting to the Pakistan team.... which has been forgotten because of having such aggressive bowlers ..... now if we can only get the balance right as Pakistan didnt do much wrong apart from the little patches which they need to resolve, they can be a great team,forget Australia then Pakistan would be the team to beat ..... but for now patience and time would make them stronger as they are on the right track ....

  • on July 17, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    well its a good decision, hope it works in pakistan's way, salman butt is a talented thought provoking cricketer, the problem with pakistan domestic structure is they don't come up with mature players like hussey, simon catich mitchel johnson many more, test cricket needs physicological strong players, which at the moment pakistan lacks.

    hoping azhar ali and umar ameen will perform well

  • on July 17, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    happy to find that pak cricket board hasnt appointed shoaib malik as the new captiain. hopefully this new unit under salman butt would prove their potential. and good luck to shahid ali khan afridi for the rest of the formats. he is a champion.

  • HasanMobeen on July 17, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Best of Luck Salman and team Pakistan...

  • crictonite on July 17, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    There's a good chance that Saeed Anwar was the man who offered advice to Salman Butt.

  • Cricistan.com on July 17, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Great interview and hopefully Salman Butt and this young team can help beat the demons of the last half decade

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  • Cricistan.com on July 17, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Great interview and hopefully Salman Butt and this young team can help beat the demons of the last half decade

  • crictonite on July 17, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    There's a good chance that Saeed Anwar was the man who offered advice to Salman Butt.

  • HasanMobeen on July 17, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Best of Luck Salman and team Pakistan...

  • on July 17, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    happy to find that pak cricket board hasnt appointed shoaib malik as the new captiain. hopefully this new unit under salman butt would prove their potential. and good luck to shahid ali khan afridi for the rest of the formats. he is a champion.

  • on July 17, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    well its a good decision, hope it works in pakistan's way, salman butt is a talented thought provoking cricketer, the problem with pakistan domestic structure is they don't come up with mature players like hussey, simon catich mitchel johnson many more, test cricket needs physicological strong players, which at the moment pakistan lacks.

    hoping azhar ali and umar ameen will perform well

  • maddy7869 on July 17, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    I really think that Salman Butt is a really good thinker and student of the game we all love called Cricket, he has a good head screwed on to him and to compliment that he has the ability to think under pressue when wickets are falling like a pack of cards around him, he is busy scoring runs l....

    I think he will be a great future star after Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail who defined aggressive openers, since them Salman Butt seems to bring that spark back into the forgotten charm of aggressive and sensible batting to the Pakistan team.... which has been forgotten because of having such aggressive bowlers ..... now if we can only get the balance right as Pakistan didnt do much wrong apart from the little patches which they need to resolve, they can be a great team,forget Australia then Pakistan would be the team to beat ..... but for now patience and time would make them stronger as they are on the right track ....

  • h4haseeb on July 17, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    salman butt's interview was fine, he shows that he has the brain to work around the guys in this test team... best of luck to him, and we should move on and expect some good things from this squad

  • gulnasreeno1 on July 17, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Salman Butt you have a good team, jus call MOHAMMED IRFAN over from Pakistan to take Afridi place..........forget the 2 Ys

  • on July 17, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Salman is a very good friend of mine. We played cricket together at club and region level. Besides my relationship with him, I can guarantee that he is the best choice under the given circumstances. He has attitude, confidence and can take burden on his shoulders. I would like to congratulate him and wish him a best of luck. We must not think that he can do miracle in the rest of the tour. But, knowing his abilities, one thing is sure that if seniors do cooperate with him, we will see good fight in rest of the summer. Regarding the return of two Y's, I think PCB must not consider these things now. They are great players but the time has gone. Now, we need to prepare some young boys. Azhar is a good talent & we must have such players in tests. No one is born to be a great player. I personally like Afridi's decision of taking retirement from the test cricket. However, I feel that he must not take part in the 2nd test by giving an excuse (unfitt) and later, announce the retirement.

  • on July 17, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Don't burden him so much! Don't expect that he'll be performing from the word go as a skipper! We should give him time so stop hoping so much!