Shujauddin Butt 1930-2006 February 8, 2006

Pakistan' s former Test spinner Shujauddin Butt dead

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."