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Ijaz Butt's future as PCB chief uncertain

Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
 
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Butt's future as PCB chief uncertain

Lahore, Aug 17: Ijaz Butt's future as the PCB chief hangs in balance, with his family reportedly not in favour of the former Test player seeking an extension when his term ends on October 8.

Butt, who has succeeded in marginalising the players' power in the national team and introduced the culture of giving increased exposure to new and young players, said he will decide on his future only after he knows what board's chief patron, President Asif Zardari wishes to do.

Reports say that Zardari has unofficially told Butt that his tenure will be extended beyond October 8.

"But the issue now is what Butt himself wants because in recent times it is no secret that there is growing pressure on him from his family to step down from the PCB post," a source said.

"Butt himself has hinted he might not want to continue beyond October 8 several times during internal meetings as his business and family commitments have suffered in the last two years due to his role as PCB chairman," the source said.

Interestingly there have also been reports that Butt might seek to get himself elected as chairman by the general body members for the next three years.

"That is unlikely to happen soon because for that the constitution of the board has to be amended in line with the new ICC constitutional amendments for member countries and it will take time to get the constitution amended and approved by the government," a source said.

He pointed out that several general body members had been telling the media about their desire and plans to vote and get Butt re-elected, but insisted this could not happen until the constitution was amended.

"The draft of the amended constitution has been lying in storage for many months so it is highly unlikely the government would allow it to be amended so soon," the source said.

PTI

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