Govt has no powers to interfere in PCB: Butt

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ijaz Butt hit back at the severe government criticism of the board’s financial management...

Written by Press Trust Of India | Karachi | Published: February 12, 2009 12:09:13 am

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ijaz Butt hit back at the severe government criticism of the board’s financial management,saying the country’s Senate had “no powers” to interfere in cricket affairs. The PCB chief faced a volley of questions from Senate’s standing committee this week,with Senator Enver Baig calling for Butt to step down and make way for professional administrators.

“They can criticise us as much they like,but they have no powers and can’t give us the direction,” Butt told reporters.

Butt blamed the previous management of the cricket board — under Nasim Ashraf — for leaving the PCB in a financial mess.

Similarly,Butt said he had “inherited” 1100 employees from Ashraf’s regime. “The PCB is a cricket organisation and not an employment exchange,” he said. “When I met Cricket Australia officials in Perth late last month,I was informed that only 80 people work in their organisation.”

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