Salman Butt, a former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, faced a tumultuous situation following his removal from the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) selection panel. Initially appointed as a consultant alongside Kamran Akmal and Iftikhar Anjum, Butt’s tenure was cut short due to public criticism. This decision coincided with the involvement of Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, the Patron-in-Chief of the PCB.
Wahab Riaz, the chief selector, revealed that Salman Butt’s appointment as a consultant was under consideration but was ultimately revoked after careful deliberation. Riaz cited public discussions and opinions as influential factors in this reversal. Consequently, Butt’s potential role as a consultant to the chief selector was terminated before the commencement of the selection career.
Amidst these developments, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) extended an offer to Salman Butt to serve as the Batting Consultant for their upcoming series against India. This presented a new opportunity for Butt after the setback in Pakistan.
In summary, Salman Butt’s journey from PCB’s consultant to facing public criticism, influenced by political figures and public opinion, led to the termination of his role in the selection team. However, the ACB’s offer indicated a potential resurgence in his career with a different cricketing nation.