Quinton de Kock

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has slammed Quinton de Kock for taking sudden retirement from Test cricket. The left-handed batter shocked everyone when he announced the decision of bidding adieu to red-ball cricket. The 29-year old represented South Africa in 54 Tests, scoring 3300 runs.

Lashing out at the wicket-keeper batter, Butt said such hasty moves impact the performance of the team. “Quinton de Kock had been playing strange cricket for the last year and a half. He came to Pakistan as captain but did not continue in the role afterwards. Now, after playing one Test, he has announced his (Test) retirement. Such things spoil the team’s balance, the selection policy and affect the captain’s mindset.”

Salman further blamed the T20 leagues for their negative impact on the players.

Players have made sudden retirement a drama. Don’t you think of family when you play overseas leagues for nearly 2 months? Why is it that only Test cricket comes in the way? You are playing cricket in your own country in South Africa. This lack of interest is related to league cricket.”

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