PSL 2019: Lahore Qalandars name Salman Butt as replacement for injured Mohammad Hafeez for remaining matches

Mohammad Hafeez fractured his right thumb while trying to take a catch of his own bowling in a match of the PSL while captaining the Lahore franchise.

Press Trust of India, Feb 20, 2019 13:05:34 IST

Karachi: Senior Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez has injured himself while playing for his Pakistan Super League (PSL) side and former Test captain Salman Butt, who served a five-year ban for spot-fixing, was on Tuesday named his replacement.

The 38-year-old Hafeez fractured his right thumb while trying to take a catch of his own bowling in a match of the PSL while captaining the Lahore franchise.

Salman Butt

File image of Salman Butt. Getty Images

Hafeez has now been advised to undergo surgery either in Dubai or London and he has been released by his franchise, which announced Butt as his replacement.

Hefeez's participation in the upcoming World Cup may also be in doubt.

"Hafeez's participation in the One-day series against Australia in UAE and even the World Cup is now in doubt as early indications are that he will require six to eight weeks to recover from his injury," a source in the Pakistan Cricket Board said.

Butt told PTI he was delighted with his call-up as he had been part of the players draft for the last three years but was not picked.

"I am excited obviously to get such a chance," he said.

Butt served a five-year ban from September 2010 to September 2015 after being found guilty of spot-fixing by the International Cricket Council on the tour of England in 2010.

His teammates, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were also given similar bans by the ICC which expired in 2015.

Butt, who has not been considered for national selection since his ban expired despite doing well in domestic cricket in all formats, was a member of the national squad that won the World T20 in 2009 in England.

Updated Date: Feb 20, 2019 13:05:34 IST







Top Stories

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5007 116
2 New Zealand 3570 108
3 South Africa 4397 105
4 Australia 4566 104
5 England 5490 104
6 Sri Lanka 4737 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 7259 123
2 India 8508 120
3 New Zealand 6071 112
4 South Africa 6181 112
5 Australia 5254 105
6 Pakistan 4979 100
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 5280 135
2 India 5726 122
3 England 3036 121
4 Australia 3613 120
5 South Africa 3366 120
6 New Zealand 3367 116