Karachi:The National Assembly standing committee on sports has issued a bailable warrant against PCB chairman Ejaz Butt for not appearing before it in a meeting convened to discuss cricket matters on Tuesday.
Jamshed Khan Dasti, who heads the committee, said Butt's absence was unacceptable when he knew before hand about the meeting and its importance.
The committee said it had the powers to issue the bailable warrant under the constitution of 1973. "If he does not appear at the next hearing on July 28 we can make him come," Dasti said.
Saleem Altaf, the chief operating officer of the board told the committee that Butt was preoccupied with other important issues concerning the 2011 World Cup and also not keeping well.
But the committee members refused to accept this explanation terming it as an excuse.
The committee also appointed a sub-committee to look into cricket affairs and made it clear that it was not satisfied with the working of the Pakistan cricket Board. It also called on Butt to appear before it in the next hearing and explain the recent defeats in the Test series in Sri Lanka.
Altaf admitted that the team's performance in Sri Lanka has been below par and disappointing and steps were being taken to put things in the right place.
Ejaz will work under the supervision of former Test spinner, Iqbal Qasim on the selection committee which will start functioning from August 1.
Ejaz also said he had advised the PCB to organise maximum Pakistan A team and academy side's tour to the stronger cricket playing nations instead of sending teams to places like Kenya, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
He said these tours are vital to the progress and development of the players.
"There is no point in organising academy tours to Bangladesh, Kenya, Zimbabwe and UAE as those tours only serve to benefit the opposition teams and there is very little gained for the Pakistani players in those tours. Instead the PCB should definitely be organising more 'A' team's tour to Sri Lanka, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England as the younger players will benefit greatly from experiencing the varied conditions in those countries," Ejaz said.