Shujauddin Butt 1930-2006 February 8, 2006

Pakistan' s former Test spinner Shujauddin Butt dead

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Shujauddin Butt, Pakistan's former Test spinner, died in England on February 7. He was 75.

Butt, who played 19 Tests between 1954 and 1962 and also served as a national selector, was suffering from lung cancer. He took 20 wickets with his left-arm spin and also scored 395 runs. In 101 first-class games, he took 319 wickets and scored 3,490 runs.

A colonel in the army, he was a prisoner of war during the 1971 India-Pakistan conflict. A gentle and down-to-earth person, Butt was born in Lahore in 1930 and represented Northern Punjab, Services, Bahawalpur, Rawalpindi and Punjab University. Hanif Mohammad, who played alongside Butt, remembered him as a wonderful person.

"He was full of life but very serious when it came to cricket. He had a pleasing personality that attracted everyone. His death is a great loss to the country and for me, in particular because he was someone with whom I was very close."