Monday, October 10, 2011

Brilliant Butt to continue as PCB Chairman : President's Spokesman

PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt will continue in his role for an indefinite period, i.e. until Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also the Patron of the PCB, decides otherwise.

Butt, whose constitutional three-year tenure has already ended, left for Dubai to attend the ICC's executive board meeting, putting to an end speculation of an immediate removal. "The matter of the extension of his tenure is under consideration," told President's Spokesman Farhatullah Babar. "As per the normal practice in our Governmental System, anyone whose tenure ends can carry on with the President's consent". 

"So, he can continue his good work for an indefinite period of time."

Butt's tenure, though, has been plagued with controversies, including the armed attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore that resulted in Pakistan being denied the chance to co-host the 2011 World Cup, the spot-fixing scandal (and the problems with the ECB in its aftermath when Butt made controversial accusations against the England Team), Zulqarnain Haider's fleeing to the UK mid-way through a tour after receiving threats from bookies and, most recently, a much-publicised clash with Shahid Afridi.

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