Not running one-man show in PCB, says Butt

Updated: 02 September 2009 14:42 IST

PCB chairman Ejaz Butt has played down the charges that he is running a one-man show while taking different administrative decisions in the PCB.

Not running one-man show in PCB, says Butt

Karachi:

The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt has played down the charges that he is running a one-man show while taking different administrative decisions in the PCB.

"I like to work together with other people in the board. But at the end of the day I am responsible for everything, so where to take key decisions I work under proper authority," Butt was quoted as saying in the 'Express' newspaper.

Butt has been accused of taking unilateral decisions in the PCB and not consulting other officials or the governing council members while taking the key decisions.

His relation with other officials has also come under scrutiny after string of high profile former players resigned or were sacked in the board in the last eight months.

Javed Miandad, Abdul Qadir and Aamer Sohail had resigned following problems with Butt, while the chairman sacked chief operating officer Saleem Altaf earlier this year.

Butt insisted he was doing nothing unconstitutional. "I work under the powers given to me and I am trying to work constitutionally. But where hard decisions have to be taken I take them because I can do that. After all I am accountable for everything to the President," Butt said.

Butt also defended himself from the controversy broke out after the sacking of Altaf.

"Only the governing council can appoint or dismiss the COO. So I don't come into the picture. But yes, all those employees who are working diligently in the board have nothing to fear but those who are doing nothing no matter how big they are will have to go," Butt said.

He also made it clear that if Altaf wished to approach the courts to challenge his termination orders he was free to do so.

"Every citizen has the right to seek legal redress," he said.

The former Test player also refuted charges that he had sold out Pakistan cheaply in return for an out-of-court settlement with the ICC over the dispute on 2011 World Cup hosting right.

Reports said, claims by Butt that ICC would pay Pakistan around USD 18 million as hosting fees and compensation in the settlement are not correct and the actual figure is hardly USD 13 million.

"I stand by the figures I have given that we can get up to Rs 1500 crore from this settlement. Although our deal with the ICC is confidential but I stand by the figures I have given," Butt said.

Butt also felt that he had got best possible settlement for Pakistan, given the security circumstances in the country.



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