Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt has lambasted James Faulkner after he left the Pakistan Super League midway over payment dispute. Butt opined that Pakistan Cricket Board should have approached the police after the Aussie all-rounder threw his helmet and bat onto a hotel chandelier, claiming his behavior could have been life-threatening.

Faulkner claimed the Pakistan Cricket Board lied to him during his six-game stint in the league.

“I apologize to the Pakistan cricket fans. But unfortunately I’ve had to withdraw from the last 2 matches and leave the (PSL) due to the (PCB) not honoring my contractual agreement/payments,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’ve been here the whole duration and they have continued to lie to me.”

The 31-year-old Australian said it “hurts to leave” because he wanted to help “get international cricket back in Pakistan … But the treatment I have received has been a disgrace from the (PCB) and (PSL). I’m sure you all understand my position.”

Pakistan’s cricket officials disagreed, however, and banned Faulkner from future editions of its premier domestic Twenty20 league.

The PCB said it paid 70% of Faulkner’s contract to his British bank account in December and that “the receipt of this payment was acknowledged by Mr. Faulkner.” The remaining 30% is transferred to players’ accounts within 40 days after the PSL ends.

“He threw his helmet onto a chandelier and destroyed hotel property. He misbehaved with hotel staff. Faulkner should have been taken into two day custody. There should have been a police case on him. I think PCB should have handled the case legally,” said Salman Butt.

He slammed Faulkner for making false allegations.

“His allegations are the height of stupidity. PSL is the only league in the world that pays players 70 percent of their fees even before they play a match. Platinum and Diamond category players are above him. They have received payments. He is in Gold category and hasn’t received his payments. This is a big lie.”

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