Ijaz Butt, PCB embroiled in accounts dispute

Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:The President of the defunct Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), Ijaz Butt and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are currently embroiled in a dispute pertaining to non-submission of accounts by the PCA.

The News has learnt that the board recently wrote to Ijaz Butt, a former Test player and once secretary of the board, asking him to submit accounts for around Rs 5.5 million given to the PCA during the time of Lt General (Retd) Tauqir Zia for development and other purposes.

Although Shaharyar Khan after taking over as Chairman in December 2003 had dissolved all the provincial cricket associations formed during the tenure of Tauqir Zia, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) is yet to give accounts for the funds given to it.

"The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has simply submitted a sheet of paper outlining that it spent X amount of money on a tournament, on its offices etc. But there is not a single receipt to support their accounts," a source in the board said. According to him the matter had been raised after the appointment of an internal auditor in the board recently.

"Ijaz Butt has been sent letters and reminders asking him to meet with board officials and sort out the matter as in the board records there is an outstanding sum of 5.4 million rupees shown against the PCA of which he was President," the source said.

However sources close to Butt and other former officials of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) alleged that in fact the board had still to distribute 20% per cent of the earnings it made from organising home matches in Punjab to the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) .

"Until the board is not willing to sort out the matter of giving associations its due share from the earnings made from international matches, there will always be a problem," the source stated. The interesting thing is that since the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) and other provincial associations were dissolved last year how can they expect the board to give out shares to defunct associations.

Butt has been a vocal critic of Shaharyar and his policies. The source said as far as accounts were concerned even the other provincial associations had not submitted proper accounts or returned the funds given to them during Tauqir Zias time.

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