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19 Oct 2021
Oman’s Fayyaz Butt stunned the crowd at the Oman Cricket Academy ground after taking a brilliant catch off his own bowling to dismiss Mahedi Hasan of Bangladesh in their ongoing clash of Round 1 in Group B. The catch was very important as it put Bangladesh under severe pressure as they were reduced to 21-2 in the fifth over while setting a target. But more than the catch, it was Butt’s bowling action matching legendary Pakistan all-rounder Mudassar Nazar and his background as a former Pakistan U-19 player.
Fayyaz Butt, born in the Sialkot town of Punjab province in Pakistan had dreams of representing his country at the highest level as he went on to play the Under-19 World Cup for the Men in Green in Australia. He was even instrumental in getting Pakistan to the Under -19 World Cup final, beating arch-rivals India in the quarter-final in which he was also Man of the Match for his efforts of 4-27 in that game, picking the wickets of the likes of KL Rahul.
But come 2021 and the same man is playing a senior Men’s World Cup indeed, but only for Oman. Though he did fulfil his dream of playing in the World cup, but not for the country he was born in.
Butt debuted for Oman in ODIs in 2019 against Namibia and he made his T20I debut in the same year against Ireland.