'Aloof and arrogant is the best description of Salman Butt,' says Swann
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has revealed that he disliked former Pakistan captain Salman Butt even before he was exposed as a spot-fixing cheat
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has revealed that he disliked former Pakistan captain Salman Butt even before he was exposed as a spot-fixing cheat.
In his recently-published autobiography, 'The Breaks Are Off, My Autobiography', Swann told how he loved mocking Butt after he bowled him in the fateful fourth Test at Lord's in 2010.
"The way Salman Butt carried himself rubbed me up the wrong way. Aloof and arrogant are the best descriptions of him. What made my dismissal of him in the Lord's Test all the more satisfying was that he pompously refused to leave the field despite being bowled," the Sun quoted Swann, as saying.
"We knew the TV replays would confirm his fate and I really enjoyed standing in our huddle taking the mickey out of him. He was adamant the ball rebounded off Matt Prior's gloves -- he probably had a bit too much on his mind to realise the truth."
"Toying with him as he stood his ground was hilarious. A lot of the Pakistani lads can't speak English but he most definitely can. It was nice to know he could understand every word of what I said -- although I also taught him a few new ones," he added.
Butt, who was implicated in allegations of spot-fixing after the Test in August 2010, is currently serving a 10-year ban, of which five years is a suspended sentence.
He has also been found guilty by a London court on criminal charges relating to spot-fixing, along with fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif.