Arif Butt wasn’t even close to Charisma of Fazal Mahmood in ranking and talent. Arif Butt was a modest, conscientious and unassuming fast medium bowler; not a hard-nosed, arrogant and the ruthless type. Arif Butt with simple hard-work and self-training established himself in Lahore.
Arif father hadn’t failed in transmitting important mental and moral qualities to his children and both the brothers, Arif and Saeed, seemed under there father’s direct influence. Arif, indeed, though a man of marked individuality of character, a quick and acute observer, with much practical sagacity, was said not to have a natural flamboyance and talent.
By the seasons of 1957-58, Arif was an able club cricketer. Hence he worked really hard to reach test cricket till 1964-65. Finally, he was on they’re a tour to Australia at Melbourne in 1964-65 not only found a vigorous champion. A tall and lanky 19 years old Arif Butt (6-89 in his first bowling performance in Tests including the wickets of Bob Simpson, Bill Lawry, Brian Booth, Tom Veivers, David Sincock and Graham McKenzie). Butt propounded a hypothesis as to the manner in which species like him had acquired character and it was his workmanlike attitude that saw him bowling without a quarrel, without restraint.
Arif Butt played only three Tests for Pakistan, though many felt he should’ve played many more, especially after one of the most impressive Pakistan debut Test performances. Slipping into the wilderness after two Tests against New Zealand on the same tour, Arif was given another chance against Ceylon in 1966-67 and was then taken to England with the Pakistan team. Regrettably, in the presence of only one strike bowler Saleem Altaf, Butt was not picked for any of the three Tests, his place being taken by Niaz Ahmad from East Pakistan.
Three years later he was ready for first-class cricket. Though he played on till 1977-78, the early 70s remain his best first-class years. He died on July 11, 2007, Lahore (aged 63 years 55 days). So he will remember in the history of Pakistan cricket, has become first Pakistani bowler who took 5 or more wickets on test debut. Also Read: Cricket Glorious Moments with Historic Significance