Karachi:In a startling revelation, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt has told the country's Senate standing committee on sports that he had to sack a PCB employee on suspicion of match fixing.
Eye witnesses, who attended the long hearing in Islamabad confirmed, said Butt made the revelation on being asked whether recommendations of the Justice Qayyum report on match fixing were being implemented by the Board.
"A senator was speaking on the fact that the board had not even implemented recommendations of the Justice Qayyum report on match fixing properly when Butt made his startling disclosure," an eye-witness told PTI.
"Butt said that he got a report from the ICC anti-corruption unit head Sir Paul Condon which pointed out the said person's involvement in match fixing," the eye witness said.
"Butt told the committee that after reading the report he had no option but to sack the person after a tour, he also indicated that person was recalled from a tour."
After the hearing, as Butt was leaving the Senate building, he was asked by some reporters about his statement and he remarked that he would make no more comments on it.
"Butt said he had told the Senate committee what he had to say and would not speak on the issue anymore," the eye-witness said.
No official in the board was willing to comment on Butt's statement and would neither confirm any recent sacking of a board employee.
But an insider did point out that it was not necessary that Butt had told the whole truth before the Senate.
"It might not be an official after all it could also be a player against whom the action has been taken, don't rule out that fact," the insider said.
Eyebrows have been raised over the exclusion of wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal from the Pakistan squad announced for the two Twenty20 matches against England in Dubai.
Interestingly, Butt also disclosed before the committee that he had told the coach, manager and captain on the recent tour of Australia that if Kamran was included in the team for the final Test in Hobart, they would all be called back from Australia on the first available flight.
"They kept calling me up after the Sydney Test and pleading with me that Kamran should be given another chance to play in Hobart but I told them clearly that the board had taken a decision to send young keeper Sarfraz Ahmed and he must play in the Hobart Test," Butt told the Senators.