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Ijaz Butt's future as PCB Chairman remains uncertain

Lahore, Wed, 17 Aug 2011 ANI

Lahore, August 17(ANI): Ijaz Butt's future as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief remains uncertain, with his family reportedly not in favour of him seeking a term extension.


Butt, whose tenure as PCB Chairman ends on October 8, has said he will decide on his future only after he knows what the PCB's chief patron President Asif Ali Zardari wishes to do.


Reports say that Zardari has unofficially told Butt that his tenure would be extended beyond October 8, the Daily Times reports.


"But the issue now is what Ijaz [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 was quoted a saying.


"Ijaz 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.


There have also been reports that Butt might seek to get himself elected as chairman by the PCB General Council 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 International Cricket Council (ICC) constitutional amendments for member countries, and it will take time to get the constitution amended and approved by the government," the source said.


Butt's tenure as PCB Chairman, which began in October 2008, has been a controversial one.


The March 2009 militant attack on the visiting Sri Lankan team, the spot-fixing scandal involving Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif, frequent changes in captains and several controversial decisions and statements made by Butt have been key low points during his tenure. (ANI)


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