Fayyaz Butt, currently representing Oman in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, featured in the same U19 World Cup as Indian opener KL Rahul. But with a small twist to the tale, while Rahul was donning the Indian jersey, but Fayyaz Butt was representing Pakistan. He did not end up playing a single domestic game in the country having done well in that tournament.
The current Omanis speedster picked up 9 wickets in just 5 games in that U19 World Cup for the men in green. When Pakistan played India in the group stages in that edition, Fayyaz Butt registered figures of 4/27 and tormented the Indian batting lineup.
Perhaps the moment of the game from that spell was the first ball of the match, when Fayyaz Butt knocked over KL Rahul with an absolute peach. He pitched it full, and he angled the ball inward to the right-handed, but the late outswing left the Indian opener in splits, and the off-stump went for a toss.
He later picked up wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Manan Sharma and Gaurav Jathar, restricting 114/9 in 23 overs (rain restricted the game to a 23-over per side contest). Pakistan were given a run for their money, with the Indian bowlers making the most out of the good bowling conditions.
However, the men in green chased the total down in the final over of the game, and Butt was named player of the match.
Here’s that face-off between KL Rahul and Fayyaz Butt all those years ago.
Fayyaz Butt to KL Rahul in 2010🤩
The batsman in this video has played 127 games for his country🤟
The bowler in this video didn’t play a single domestic game in Pakistan🤦♂️
This is the difference in how India and Pakistan develop cricketers🧐#PAK
— Haroon (@hazharoon) October 18, 2021
Fayyaz Butt, who was born in Sialkot, moved to Oman soon and made his debut at the international level in 2018. He picked up 3 wickets in ODIs and 10 wickets in T20Is, but his experience of playing at the U19 level against some of the top most players will help him in this tournament.
In today’s game against Bangladesh, he chipped in with figures of 3/30 to restrict Bangladesh to 153 runs in their 20 overs. He provided a stellar start by dismissing Mahedi Hasan for a duck, and followed it up with the wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim and Saifuddin in the death.