I won't step down: PCB Chairman

Updated: 04 February 2010 17:27 IST

Undeterred by scathing criticism at a hearing of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports, PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt has refused to step down.

I won't step down: PCB Chairman

Islamabad:

Undeterred by scathing criticism at a hearing of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports, PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt has refused to step down. Butt was grilled at the hearing, where PCB Governing Council members accused him of ignoring senior officials while taking key decisions.

The hearing was attended by PCB COO Wasim Bari, Director General (Cricket) Javed Miandad and council members Shakil Sheikh and Dr Muhammad Ali Shah.

Miandad, Sheikh and Shah said at the hearing that Butt took decisions without consulting the governing council citing the example of a 100 million rupees development project at the National stadium in Karachi which they said was not approved by the council.

However, Butt who was told directly by the NA committee Chairman Jamshed Dasti to resign and spare Pakistan cricket, said he would not resign.

"Some people are trying to pressurise and blackmail me but why should resign, I have done nothing wrong. All these allegations they are making against me let them prove it and I will resign."

"Only the chief patron who has appointed me can ask me to resign and the day he does that I will take less than five minutes to step down," he said.

Attacking govening council members, Butt said if they were not satisfied with his style of functioning they should leave their jobs.

"I have taken all governing council members into confidence before taking any decisions. And if the governing council members are mere dummies why don't they resign?," Butt asked.

During the hearing, the committee members threatened to freeze the PCB accounts to which Butt contended that the committee had no authority to do so.

The hearing saw the committee members grill Butt on various issues and accused him of mishandling many cricket issues bringing a bad name to Pakistan cricket.

He was also accused of interfering in cricket team affairs with Miandad insisting that despite his experience and services to Pakistan cricket, the board was not willing to utilise his expertise and knowledge.

Butt said that the PCB would be carrying out a thorough investigation into why the team had lost in Australia and what had gone wrong.

He also said that the PCB also planned to take up the issue of the IPL snubbing Pakistani players at the auction at the ICC executive board meeting on February 10.

The committee also discussed the issue of the attack on Sri Lankan team last year and the incident at Perth during the fifth and final one-dayer against Australia last Sunday when a spectator jumped into the ground and tackled Pakistani opener Khalid Latif to the ground.

Miandad said had he been at Perth he would have taken the team out of the ground as it was a very serious issue.



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