Butt remains in tricky situation despite Pak's victory

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/e/ejaz-butt.jpg' class='caption'> Pakistan might have registered a victory over England in the third Test, but the situation has not changed much for under-fire PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt.

Updated: August 22, 2010 15:42 IST
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Pakistan might have registered a four-wicket victory over England in the third Test at Oval, but the situation has not changed much for under-fire cricket board Chairman Ijaz Butt.

The country's Senate Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges still wants removal of Butt and its Chairman Tahir Mashadi has dismissed the attempts by the Pakistan Cricket Board chief to mend fences.

There were reports that Butt had sent a letter of apology to the Committee after he was called for a hearing earlier in the week to respond to charges that he had breached the privileges of the lawmakers and insulted them.

The Committee later recommended to the chief patron of the PCB, President Asif Ali Zardari to remove Butt.

"We have not received any letter from Ijaz Butt and even if he has sent a letter it will make no difference as we have already sent our recommendations to remove him," Mashadi said.

Mashadi said that Butt was given a fair chance to defend himself against the charges made out against him.

"He (Butt) came ill-prepared, he took things lightly and he could not convince the Committee that he had not insulted the lawmakers," Mashadi said.

"So even if he has sent any letter we can't do anything now. Since last year the National Assembly and Senate Standing Committees on Sports have also recommended to the chief patron to remove him.

"So basically now three parliamentary committees have passed votes of no-confidence against him and we believe the chief patron will now take appropriate action," Mashadi said.

The Senator said that the issue of Butt insulting the lawmakers and the Privileges Committee will also be brought before and discussed in the full session of the Senate.

"He should have apologised to us when he came for the hearing and we could have considered his apology. It is beyond our control now and the law will take its course," Mashadi said.

Pakistan's victory at the Oval Test drew congratulatory messages from President Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani on Saturday with Butt also in a statement released late night thanking them for their support and messages.

Butt's statement is seen by analysts as an attempt by him to retain confidence of the government and get an extension when his two-year tenure ends in October.

"But presently the dices appear loaded against Butt because even the President is now under pressure to make changes in the Board from his party members," a reliable source said.

Butt said in a recent statement that there were some people conspiring against him but he didn't care and would continue as long as the President had confidence in him to lead the PCB.

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