Salman Butt refuses to step down as captain

Zeecric Bureau

London: Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt took a defensive stand on Sunday, saying the he had no reason to step gown, despite reports of him being involved in the ‘spot-fixing’ scandal surfacing.

Butt is among the seven Pakistani cricketers whose names have come up in a tabloid sting which led to the arrest of a bookie, Mazhar Majeed, last night.

Pakistan lost the four-Test series against England 1-3 after going down by an innings and 225 runs in the fourth and final match at Lord’s here Sunday.

Asked whether he would consider quitting the job, which was given to him only last month, Butt merely said, “why?”

“These are just allegations, anyone can say anything about anyone, that doesn’t make them true,” he fumed in a brief post-match press conference with team manager Yawar Saeed by his side.

Butt insisted that his team gave its 100 per cent in the series but couldn’t get the results.

“Definitely we have given our best, it’s just that the conditions have been difficult for the batsmen,” said Butt.

“Every person has given 100 per cent, but not every time can you achieve what you want,” he added.

Saeed, on the other hand, was left to deal with queries on whether the two Twenty20 Internationals and the five-match ODI series against England starting September 5 is still on given the circumstances.

“As far as I’m concerned the one-day series is on,” he responded.

Saeed said the dressing room mood has been affected by the allegations, especially of young pacer Mohammad Aamir, who was ironically named Man of the Series along with England batsman Jonathan Trott.

“Mohammad Aamir is a young bowler who has done very well in his career. He is disappointed to have been involved in these allegations,” he added.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports stated that Pakistani players’ passports have been confiscated by the police.

The mobile phones of three Pakistani players have been also been confiscated for further investigation, Butt being one of them. Others whose mobiles have been taken away are Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir.

Pakistan team manager Yawaar Saaed confirmed the same.