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    "I have what it takes to represent my country at the international level" : Imran Butt

    Regarded as one of the top batting talents in Pakistan at the moment, 23-year-old Imran Butt has excelled in this seasons's Quaid-e-Azam Trophy as the highest-scoring batsman with 934 runs to his name.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Imran spoke about his satisfaction with his performance in the 2019 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, differences between the current and previous editions of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, why he thinks Misbah-ul-Haq will be successful in his position as Head Coach and Chief Selector for Pakistan and his aspirations to play for Pakistan in the future.





    PakPassion.net: How satisfied are you with your performances in this seasonís Quaid-e-Azam Trophy?

    Imran Butt:
    I am very happy to an extent with how I performed this season, but I also know that I could have done better than what I achieved this time around. As a professional, one should and can never be satisfied with oneís performances but all-in-all, I would say I did well in scoring 934 runs this season. You can always look back and say that maybe I should have done things better and so I feel that there were a few innings in the season which I should have batted for a longer period, especially some innings where I ended up getting out for 70 or so. If I had prolonged those innings, I could have crossed the 1000 run mark for the season but that didnít happen, and I do regret that.


    PakPassion.net: What are the main differences between the previous editions of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and this yearís six-team format?

    Imran Butt:
    I believe the biggest difference in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy seems to be that it is much more competitive this time around due to the smaller number of teams having some of the top names in Pakistan cricket playing for them. The other significant difference is due to the type of cricket ball being used this season. We used to play with the Dukes and Greys balls in past seasons and as a batsman, you would start to doubt your abilities at some points in the innings due to the uncertain nature and behaviour of these balls. Even the bowlers I had spoken to in the past would say that they werenít sure about the behaviour of the ball as they would be bowling an out-swinging delivery, but the ball would end up as an in-swinger which they could not explain. I would say that the Kookaburra ball helps a batsmanís self-belief and allows him to play longer innings as well.


    PakPassion.net: Performing so well in such a competitive environment must have been very fulfilling for you?

    Imran Butt:
    As a professional, you are expected to rise to the challenge when the competition gets tough and that gets the best out of you as you need to do that to stay in the side. In the past, you could get away with poor performances in one or two games but nowadays, you need to perform in each innings you play in order to retain your place in the side. To me this is all about having an environment where there is healthy competition, and this is what we see with the new six-team Quaid-e-Azam Trophy format.


    PakPassion.net: Do you feel pitches have favoured batsmen a little too much this season?

    Imran Butt:
    I do not think the pitches have made that much of a difference when it comes to high scores from batsmen in this season of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. I believe itís the type of ball being used, Kookaburra, that has made all the difference. With this ball, the fast-bowlers need to bowl close to 145KpH, and bowl long spells, to be able to have any hope of taking wickets. Unfortunately, as we know, such bowlers are rare in our domestic cricket. When it comes to spin, itís the temperament and patience of the batsmen that can determine how much he scores, regardless of the pitch or the ball.


    PakPassion.net: How much emphasis is being put on fitness and fielding in the new domestic setup?

    Imran Butt:
    I feel that we have experienced a big change in the fitness and fielding aspects of our domestic game, due to the new system put in place by the PCB. In fact, as players we have been discussing amongst ourselves the fact that this is the first season where we have fielded more than 100 overs in each innings. So, player fitness has been put to great test this season and therefore the fitness preparations have to be excellent to be able to compete. This is also the type of fitness that is needed for international games so fielding for 100 overs or more in an innings is helping our domestic players prepare for their future with the Pakistan team as well.


    PakPassion.net: Which fast-bowlers have you found difficult to face in this season in First-Class cricket?

    Imran Butt:
    To be brutally honest, I have not come across any outstanding fast-bowler this season. If I had to name one bowler who impressed me this season, it would be Haris Rauf and only because he was the only fast-bowler who got me out in both innings of a match.


    PakPassion.net: Given your association with Misbah-ul-Haq during your SNGPL days, you must be encouraged by his elevation to the position of Head Coach and Chief Selector for Pakistan?

    Imran Butt:
    Regardless of my past association with Misbah bhai, I can tell you that he is one of the most reasonable and nicest people I have met in my life. What I am really sure about is that he will do full justice to the positions he has been given by the PCB. I say this based upon the fact that I have known him at a personal level since the 2013/14 season. He has always been kind and helpful to me and in the last couple of seasons that he was at SNGPL, he spent a lot of time working on my batting technique which has really helped me improve as a batsman. Whilst I do know him well, I know that to get into the national side, I will have to perform really well to be noticed by the Pakistan selectors.


    PakPassion.net: What do you feel about the competition for openers in Tests for Pakistan?

    Imran Butt:
    I understand that Pakistan at the moment is well-served by the likes of Shan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali and there are some good players like Sami Aslam who can also take on the role of an opener which is the kind of healthy competition that is needed. As far as I am concerned, having to compete with other stronger candidates is not something I fear, in fact i feel that I perform the best and get a 100% out of myself when I have to compete against others. For Pakistan, we are lucky that we have 3-4 excellent openers who give us solid bench-strength and if I can at some point also add my name in that list than that would be excellent news for the team.


    PakPassion.net: Which current players do you enjoy watching bat most?

    Imran Butt:
    I am currently a great fan of Babar Azamís style of batting. He is a very good player in terms of technique and tactics and of course he is very consistent in his performances. But my role-model for the longest format of the game is without doubt Asad Shafiq as he is played around the world and performed really well and is the ideal player to follow and he is a kind person too.


    PakPassion.net: What format of the game interests you the most at the moment?

    Imran Butt:
    At this point given my performances, I consider myself a 50-over and four-day specialist. My performances in Twenty20s are not that great at the moment, so I will hold my judgement on that format for now.


    PakPassion.net: Do you feel you are ready to represent Pakistan?

    Imran Butt:
    By the Grace of God, I have never played cricket just for entertaining myself and like every professional player, my ultimate goal is to represent my country. I believe that I have what it takes to represent my country at the international level, and I do feel that I will prove myself right in the future. I have not been named in the Pakistan squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka but I am not disappointed at all even though I was praying and hoping to be called up for national duties. I do, however, wish the best of luck to every player selected for this series. What I will do now is to concentrate on making sure that my batting technique and fitness is in line with what is needed for international cricket and hope to be noticed by the selectors to represent Pakistan in the future.

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    Highest run-getter in QeA with a great attitude!


    Misbah-ul-Haq on Imran Butt

    "Imran Butt is a good player and we had a lot of discussion about him because we are also looking at players for the opening spot. In future, we will definitely look at where we can give him a chance and bring him in the team. We didn't want to make too many changes, only where necessary"


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    Very good batsman.

    His chance will come, I just hope it's not when he is past his best years.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Very good batsman.

    His chance will come, I just hope it's not when he is past his best years.
    Good batsman. But even after a great first class season, he is only averaging 36.

    Players averaging this low will hardly succeed at the top level.

    Minimum has to be an average of 40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullet Drive View Post
    Good batsman. But even after a great first class season, he is only averaging 36.

    Players averaging this low will hardly succeed at the top level.

    Minimum has to be an average of 40.
    He needs one more good season to get it to 40, was 32 before this season. Good thing is that he's just 23 years old. Surprised that he's already played 68 FC matches.

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    Interview was going so well till he said Shafiq is his role model

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    Asad Shafiq??? What? I thought u were a smart individual

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    He needs one more good season to get it to 40, was 32 before this season. Good thing is that he's just 23 years old. Surprised that he's already played 68 FC matches.
    That is most probably because he doesn't play that many T20's.

    For that age 68 is good number of games, as if you see around other countries most at this age or even 22 year old's have played over 50-60 FC games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deewana Mastana View Post
    That is most probably because he doesn't play that many T20's.

    For that age 68 is good number of games, as if you see around other countries most at this age or even 22 year old's have played over 50-60 FC games.
    It depends, in some countries they play more games per season. In this case, it's because Imran has been played FC since 2012, so at 23 he's been playing constantly for the past 7 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    It depends, in some countries they play more games per season. In this case, it's because Imran has been played FC since 2012, so at 23 he's been playing constantly for the past 7 years.
    Yes in most countries they play more games per season, where as in Pakistan they should look to have a set amount of games per season as our youngsters are most likely pursuing in to playing T20's hence their FC game count is way less than say T20's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    He needs one more good season to get it to 40, was 32 before this season. Good thing is that he's just 23 years old. Surprised that he's already played 68 FC matches.
    Very true.

    Important point is that his average is on the way up.



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    My ideal scenario would be Sami and Imran opening In test cricket

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    With each passing failure for Shan, the search for an alternative grows.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    With each passing failure for Shan, the search for an alternative grows.
    But surely Sami Aslam deserves a chance over Imran when that time comes. He is a proven opener in tough conditions and was wrongly dropped.

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    His time is certainly coming close. He deserves a go with the way Shan Masood is going. Replace Shan and Imam with Imran Butt and Sami Aslam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sher Khan View Post
    But surely Sami Aslam deserves a chance over Imran when that time comes. He is a proven opener in tough conditions and was wrongly dropped.
    Sami Aslam is a bag of nerves and is strokeless. No thanks! Bring back Sharjeel Khan and make him open with Abid Ali. Fawad Alam needs to come at 3 and Babar at 4.

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    Best batsman of the QeA tournament: Imran Butt (Balochistan) – 934 runs


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    Imran Butt called for MCC one-dayer

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    Failed his covid test.

    Could have been a big chance for him.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Failed his covid test.

    Could have been a big chance for him.
    His failure to isolate during a Pandemic has cost him dearly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    His failure to isolate during a Pandemic has cost him dearly.
    It's his own fault he caught blame pcb for this

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    Latest test is negative, but he's back in the reserve players list.



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    I hope he keeps getting runs and puts his name in the conversation when picking future squads

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    Day 1 of Round 3 of QeA20:

    Imran scored his career’s 23rd half-century as he scored 53 off 121 balls before he was dismissed by Ehsan Adil.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Day 1 of Round 3 of QeA20:

    Imran scored his career’s 23rd half-century as he scored 53 off 121 balls before he was dismissed by Ehsan Adil.
    Video from PCB



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    First international call-up for Imran, well deserved.


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    Excellent news and well deserved hopefully he performs upgrade on the openers we have currently

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    Imran Butt has thanked PakPassion and its members for their support


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    His technique looks similar to Muhammad Yousaf though the video maybe above misleading. Hopefully he performs and performs big he has excellent no of first class matches

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    Imran Butt is a lovely lad,I met him on the U19 tour that also had Talat and Sami Aslam on it. I spent alot of time talking to him and he was happy to discuss his ambitions. Maybe they are about to come true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Imran Butt has thanked PakPassion and its members for their support
    A very humble guy who has worked really hard throughout his career.

    Big chance for him, let's see if he can grab it with both hands.



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    Funny seeing Shafiq being dropped and Imran Butt playstyle looking like a mirror to Shafiq.

    Not exactly stellar numbers in FC either. Hope he proves me wrong but I think a Shafiq level career is his best outcome.

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    Interesting that he's actually having a fairly average season in the QeA Trophy but has been picked for the squad in New Zealand.

    191 runs in 6 innings at an average of 31.83 with 0 hundreds and 2 fifties.



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    Scored 27 when other batsmen around him didnt too well - so early days on this tour but lets see


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Scored 27 when other batsmen around him didnt too well - so early days on this tour but lets see
    Still, not good enough. He had the opportunity to get set at least whereas Shan and Abid did not - does that vindicate him? Should have cashed in once in - even Yasir was able to hit a couple of boundaries which tells us it had gotten easier.

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    He has something around him which others don't. Not the average Pakistani-cricketer in terms of the body language.
    Not hyping him up but I feel he's gonna be a decent test bat.

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    Hes much better than abid in sena conditions

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    Not convinced. The way he shuffles across his stumps makes him susceptible to LBW and fact is his domestic record is poor barring that bumper 2019/20 season when everyone was scoring on dead pitches.

    Here's his FC averages since 2015:

    15/16 - 32.38.
    16/17 - 21.30
    17/18 - 25.64
    18/19 - 26.27
    19/20 - 62.26
    20/21 - 31.83

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Not convinced. The way he shuffles across his stumps makes him susceptible to LBW and fact is his domestic record is poor barring that bumper 2019/20 season when everyone was scoring on dead pitches.

    Here's his FC averages since 2015:

    15/16 - 32.38.
    16/17 - 21.30
    17/18 - 25.64
    18/19 - 26.27
    19/20 - 62.26
    20/21 - 31.83
    So one good season. I thought he was good in 18/19 as well. Yeah doesn't bode well.

    In anycase, I don't he is playing the first test after how the Shaheen game went and also considering that he is an opener.

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    So will he get a chance in this series against New Zealand?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arsal_AK View Post
    So one good season. I thought he was good in 18/19 as well. Yeah doesn't bode well.

    In anycase, I don't he is playing the first test after how the Shaheen game went and also considering that he is an opener.
    Most openers can also bat at 3. And we do need 3 openers against NZD in NZD conditions. Azhar at 4 works and Haris can bat at 6 with Rizwan to follow. Fawad at 5. 4 pacers including Faheem.

    Thatís the only way I can think of salvaging the stupid squad shortlisted by The Wise One. Otherwise, The Wise One may as well forfeit the Test.

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    So either Imran or Saud for the first Test - who will make the grade?

    Going by PCB pics - Imran seems to have the nod?

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    Most likely debuting tomorrow. I'm not a fan and would prefer azhar to open and saud one down..
    Sami Aslam would have been better

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    Best of luck to him even tough I don't see him succeeding at the international level. I see him as a 40 averaging First class batsman.

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    Good luck to the lad.

    Great guy who has worked very hard over the years.

    Only 3 years ago he was banned for anti-doping violations and learnt his lesson.



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    Even though a lot of us including me don't rate him at all, I wish him good luck and hope he proves us all wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Not convinced. The way he shuffles across his stumps makes him susceptible to LBW and fact is his domestic record is poor barring that bumper 2019/20 season when everyone was scoring on dead pitches.

    Here's his FC averages since 2015:

    15/16 - 32.38.
    16/17 - 21.30
    17/18 - 25.64
    18/19 - 26.27
    19/20 - 62.26
    20/21 - 31.83
    Who could have predicted this ?!

    No you don't have what it takes.

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    Thank you, next.

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    Honest trier, but doesn't look cut out for the highest level.

    Major technical flaws.

    Raises the question again, what are the domestic coaches doing out there.



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    dare i say , the worst opening batsman to play for pakistan in last 25 years.


    It is either a heartache or a headache ..Argh relationships.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Not convinced. The way he shuffles across his stumps makes him susceptible to LBW and fact is his domestic record is poor barring that bumper 2019/20 season when everyone was scoring on dead pitches.

    Here's his FC averages since 2015:

    15/16 - 32.38.
    16/17 - 21.30
    17/18 - 25.64
    18/19 - 26.27
    19/20 - 62.26
    20/21 - 31.83
    The season he should have been picked, he wasn't.

    The season he shouldn't have been picked, he has been picked.

    Pakistan cricket at it's best.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Honest trier, but doesn't look cut out for the highest level.

    Major technical flaws.

    Raises the question again, what are the domestic coaches doing out there.
    he was selected based on only one good season , ignoring all the bad seasons surrounding that one good season.

    what are pakistani selectors doing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullet Drive View Post
    Good batsman. But even after a great first class season, he is only averaging 36.

    Players averaging this low will hardly succeed at the top level.

    Minimum has to be an average of 40.
    .............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Who could have predicted this ?!

    No you don't have what it takes.
    Unbelievable for someone to be picked based on those stats!

    Its high time we pick middle order batsmen who have better averages to open the innings.

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    No wonder Shafiq is his idol.

    LOL


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    Unfortunately you dont. However since you were selected we have to stick with you. I am sure you will pad your stats against Zimbabwe, and this thread will be bumped over and over again after your inevitable failures against quality teams.

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    Biggest mistake by Muhammad Wasim thus far, and one that doesn't bode well for the team going forward. These are such basic errors that even a novice such as I could have predicted the outcome.

    I still see several posters wanting to persist with Butt simply because they don't have the heart to drop someone after a test or two. No wonder our fans keep getting humiliated.

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    That's enough , he needs to be sent back to FC cricket, can come back in 1-2 years if makee significant improvement and piles up tons of run in Qea trophy. Two test are not a long run but Butt has not shown any signs of promise in 4 innings on home track.

    BTW, have we ever seen a shorter opening pair by height in international cricket. I though Abid was very short, Butt is shorter than Abid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JibranAnsari View Post
    he was selected based on only one good season , ignoring all the bad seasons surrounding that one good season.

    what are pakistani selectors doing.
    Yes, but that good season wasn't this season, which defeats the object of picking players when in form.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    Biggest mistake by Muhammad Wasim thus far, and one that doesn't bode well for the team going forward. These are such basic errors that even a novice such as I could have predicted the outcome.

    I still see several posters wanting to persist with Butt simply because they don't have the heart to drop someone after a test or two. No wonder our fans keep getting humiliated.
    The mistake was with Misbah, not Wasim. You always have a backup third opener in the 17 man squad - Wasim only picked two in Abid and Imran. Not much more he could have done to force Misbahís hand.

    The subtle signal was that Misbah should persist with Abid, and move Azhar to open with Imran as third opener/backup in case of injury.

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    Players like Imran Butt are picked when team is selected based on stats and selectors don't bother to watch the game in person to evaluate a players technique and talent.

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    Imran was kept in the squad from the New Zealand tour, they couldn't drop him without game time

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    Quote Originally Posted by moghul View Post
    Players like Imran Butt are picked when team is selected based on stats and selectors don't bother to watch the game in person to evaluate a players technique and talent.
    Even if you look at stats, he averaged in 30s in all seasons apart from one fluke season where he averaged 60+.

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    "I have what it takes to represent my country at the international level" : Imran Butt


    No you don't , definitely not now.

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    Another chance for him to make his mark - surely against Zimbabwe it will be easy?

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    Hoping the best for Imran his fielding was exceptional in the tests and really hope that this series will be a big confidence booster for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finisher View Post
    Imran was kept in the squad from the New Zealand tour, they couldn't drop him without game time
    They dropped Zafar Gohar after 1 game in NZ.

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    Taking his time now Imran Butt - reached his highest Test score = 17


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoaibbtt View Post
    Hoping the best for Imran his fielding was exceptional in the tests and really hope that this series will be a big confidence booster for him.
    Exactly am willing to give him abit longer as he a brilliant slip catcher

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    Exactly am willing to give him abit longer as he a brilliant slip catcher
    Good little confidence booster for him and an example of taking an opportunity by both hands unlike the other youngsters.

    It would be a crime to drop such a good slips catcher in my view. Pakistan better maul them tomorrow and expect scores from the middle order with a declaration on day 3 easy.

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    Place confirmed for next 10 series

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    if he can come out of this series as a confident batsman then guess it's worth it.


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    scratchy 40 against weak zimbabwe attack... needs to improve a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by ask_analyse_act View Post
    scratchy 40 against weak zimbabwe attack... needs to improve a lot
    43 off 88 is not bad yaar, going at a pretty decent SR. Might as well give the lad a chance.

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    I honestly don't think he'll be good enough. But at least he's still fairly young and can improve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoaibbtt View Post
    Good little confidence booster for him and an example of taking an opportunity by both hands unlike the other youngsters.

    It would be a crime to drop such a good slips catcher in my view. Pakistan better maul them tomorrow and expect scores from the middle order with a declaration on day 3 easy.
    Yes il back him as he's young and a good slip fielder

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    Yes il back him as he's young and a good slip fielder
    Yea, i mean look at it this way bhai and let's be honest as well for any debutant facing the likes of South Africa on debut is never easy and you can't expect wonders from them. It's too early as well to judge someone after 2 test matches, however at times during day 1 they certainly looked patchy at times. Let's see what happens tomorrow inshAllah but this isn't gonna be very competitive now. Hoping for big scores or 50s from Babar, Azhar, Fawad & co.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoaibbtt View Post
    Yea, i mean look at it this way bhai and let's be honest as well for any debutant facing the likes of South Africa on debut is never easy and you can't expect wonders from them. It's too early as well to judge someone after 2 test matches, however at times during day 1 they certainly looked patchy at times. Let's see what happens tomorrow inshAllah but this isn't gonna be very competitive now. Hoping for big scores or 50s from Babar, Azhar, Fawad & co.
    Yes we should not make much of the scores against zinbbawe but it's a good confidence booster

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    He would walk in as a slip fielder alone , probably the best in Pak history , but sorry his batting currently is no where near test standards

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