Pakistan opening batsman Salman Butt has been rewarded for breaking a national and international record by being named as this week's Cricket World® Player Of The Week.
Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Salman Butt
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By scoring 136 in the fifth One Day International against Bangladesh in Karachi, Butt finished the five-match series, which Pakistan won 5-0, with a tally of 451 runs, the most by a Pakistani batsman in a bilateral series and the most by any batsman in a five-match series.
He scored two centuries and two fifties to lead the rout. Unfortunately for him, he was unable to follow this up with runs in the Twenty20 International, although Pakistan still won comfortably.
With no other international cricket taking place this week, this was not a difficult decision for the Cricket World® Editorial Team, although Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and Butt's team-mate Mansoor Amjad also came into contention, as well as a number of players who performed well on the opening weekend of the Indian Premier League.
The Cricket World ® Player Of The Week is judged by the www.cricketworld.com Editorial Team, which takes into consideration matches played in the preceding week with the final decision made on Monday morning.
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