Igniting controversies come easily to Pakistan. The Pakistan captain has once again reignited the debate over whether the decision to recall Mohammad Yousuf was a collective decision.
Salman Butt spoke in England and in one interview went onto state contrary to the statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board that the decision to bring back Yousuf was one made before he took over the captaincy and that he was not part of the decision making.
He is an excerpt of what Butt had to say of Yousuf’s inclusion:
“I have been saying that we have a good team and it has capacity to perform well. We need to work out batting and fielding issues the bowlers have been doing well so far on the tour and that is a positive sign for us.
“I don`t want to get into controversies but it is a fact that whether it is Younis or Yousuf, senior players have their own role to play because of their experience. When he joins the team he is the best person to judge himself whether he is physically and mentally ready for a Test comeback. He would know best what to do. We will then decide accordingly what team to play in the match.
“I took over the captaincy few days back in emergency conditions. It were the selectors and team management that decided to call up Yousuf. I had no direct say in the matter. But obviously in future I will have my say in important decisions.”
Will Butt bench Yousuf?