Butt happy with teammates offering advice ahead of England series
Islamabad: Pakistan’s new Test skipper Salman Butt is happy that his teammates keep offering him advice during their forthcoming series against England as it will help in building a united team.
Salman, in his first match as captain, led Pakistan to a three-wicket Test win against Australia at Headingley on Saturday, ending a record run of 13 straight Test defeats at the hands of the Aussies stretching back 15 years.
“Being humans we are never happy, when you have advice you never want it and when you do want it you say ‘nobody comes and gives it to me’,” Butt said.
“I’m very lucky. The best thing they (the players) are doing is they are reading the game, they are in the game. It’s not that I take all the advice, but it’s important for me that every player is in the game and thinking about the game.
“If I’m open to every man, even a youngster playing his first game, then that will mean he will believe in me. So to build a team, I think this is a very important thing to do,” the Daily Times quoted Butt, as saying.
There has been speculation that, with Afridi out with a side strain, Pakistan might call up either of ex-captains Mohammad Yousuf or Younus Khan, to bolster the top order.
However, Butt indicated that he was happy with what he had, and said even his pace attack-faced competition from the uncapped duo of Wahab Riaz and Tanvir Ahmed.
“The discussion (on a replacement) is yet to take place. We’ll see, maybe we will discuss it but at the moment I think everything is fine,” he said.