Disgraced Pakistani batsman Salman Butt is hopeful that he would get a second chance and make a return to the national squad in the future. The 31-year-old was involved in a spot-fixing controversy in 2010 and was subsequently banned from the sport for five year. He returned to cricket in September 2015 and since then has been piling on the runs in domestic tournaments.
The former Pakistan captain has been in brilliant form in the country's National T20 cup this season and finished as the second highest run getter with 350 runs in eight innings. His form has led to rumours that Butt could be recalled to the national side as the batsman has said that he wants to play for Pakistan again.
"Since my comeback, every time I've done well, it has given me a good feeling. I want to carry on with these performances till I get selected, that is the ultimate goal. I don't know if the board really want me or not, but I have two good performances. Sometimes, if the team is playing well, you can't be fitted in, so unless someone has a bad run or if the team needs to strengthen a specific area, it will be tough. Let's see which door opens for me, but my job is to keep fit and keep scoring runs," Butt said, according to ESPNCricinfo.
Despite his age, Butt looks up to Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq and former skipper Younis Khan to draw inspiration from the two batting stalwarts, who despite their advancing years have shown the youngsters that age is just a number.
"A batsman matures in his 30s. There are very few naturally gifted players in their 20s. Misbah has proved to everyone through his dedication and fitness that you can fight on at that age. If you keep working hard, then your body responds in a certain way, so it's about being committed, like Misbah has shown," the former Pakistan captain added.