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Harris uneasy over Butt Pakistan return

AAP logoAAP 17/12/2016 Laine Clark

Desperate times call for desperate measures for Pakistan.

But the mooted return of convicted spot-fixer Salman Butt should never be allowed, ex-Test quick Ryan Harris says.

Pakistan's batsmen appear to need all the help they can get, judging by their day-night first Test effort against Australia at the Gabba.

At one stage, they were reeling at 8-67 on Friday under lights in reply to Australia's 429.

They are chasing a near-impossible 490 victory target in Brisbane.

Momentum is building for Pakistan to consider an in-form Butt's return.

The former skipper has dominated with the bat in his first major first-class domestic tournament since returning in September 2015 from a five-year ban for spot-fixing.

Fellow convicted spot-fixer Mohammad Amir has already made a successful international comeback for Pakistan since serving his ban and three months' jail.

Harris said he didn't agree with Amir returning to cricket - let alone Butt.

"I am not a big fan of it," he told Fox Sports.

"I don't think Amir should be here (on the Australian tour). I know he was 17 (when convicted of fixing) - whether that is an excuse, I am still trying to work out.

"But the captain who told the players to go out and cheat, definitely not."

Butt, Amir and quick Mohammad Asif were all found guilty of spot-fixing after bowling deliberate no-balls on Pakistan's 2010 tour of England.

Yet, Pakistan are set to consider Butt's recall.

He thrashed a ton in each innings in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final this week, boosting his tournament aggregate to 741 runs with four hundreds in 10 games.

"I hope the bad days are over," Butt told reporters in Pakistan after the Trophy final.

"I have gone through difficult times but my wife, my family and friends supported me.

"I have knocked (on) the door (of international cricket) very hard and hope this will pave my way for return to (the) Pakistan team.

"I have the capacity but that is something the selectors have to tell and decide."

Ex-Test batsman Mike Hussey said welcoming back ringleader Butt to international cricket made him uneasy.

"If I am being honest, it doesn't sit well with me," Hussey told Fox Sports.

"Some would argue he has done his time and been allowed back in, much like Mohammad Amir.

"But you've got to remember Amir was a 17-year-old kid being directed by Salman Butt to do the wrong thing.

"I have a bit more sympathy for Amir.

"But Salman Butt, it doesn't sit well to have him back in international cricket."

Unless Pakistan send an SOS or there's an injury, they aren't expected to consider Butt until their four Test tour of West Indies in March.

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