Salman Butt Appointed as Head coach of Singapore National Cricket Team
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has been named by the Singapore Cricket Association as the head coach of the national team for the 2022 season. She will be assisted by local support staff along with former Pakistan women’s team coach Jamal Hussain, who is with the team as fielding coach and coach.
Saad Janjua, chief executive of the Singapore Cricket Association, confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Butt would remain in Singapore and work with the team as head coach under a consultative agreement. Singapore, an ICC partner since 1974, will play three major tournaments in the next five months to find a place in the ICC Marquee Tournaments.
The Singapore team will play three qualifiers in Butt’s scheduled season. The ICC T20 World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe in July, the Asia Cup qualifiers in Sri Lanka in August, and the ICC Men’s Challenge League ‘A’ in Canada – a tournament to qualify for the ICC ODI World Cup.
This will be Butt’s first major coaching job since the end of his playing career in 2020. He was released in January 2016 after serving a five-year ban on spot-fixing in 2010. In the domestic circuit for several seasons, re-election for the Pakistan national team, despite being close, never materialized, leading Butt to decide to retire. He withdrew from the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy on the eve of the tournament in 2020, saying goodbye to cricket.