LAHORE (Agencies) - Former Pakistan captain Rehan Butts career has been handed a lifeline after the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) decided to recall him for this years Champions Trophy that takes place in New Zealand from December 3. Butt, 31, was dropped from the squad after the tour of Europe on disciplinary grounds and missed out on the Asian Champions Trophy as well as the International Super Hockey Series. According to a PHF official, however, Butt will be recalled to the squad after the team returns and undergoes a training camp for the Champions Trophy. The news was welcomed by the former captain who confirmed his fitness and willingness to represent Pakistan once again. Butt has represented Pakistan in the bronze-winning Champions Trophy campaigns from 2002 to 2004 and also took part in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups as well as the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Pakistans chief selector Hanif Khan, following the tour of Europe, justified Butts omission by saying that the forward line was performing well without him. Butts performance is not what it used to be and we have youngsters doing well, he said. Therefore, we need to be happy that we have backup good enough to replace him.