Senator asks PCB chief to resign over Miandad controversy

February 9th, 2009 - 7:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Feb 9(IANS) Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ijaz Butt Monday came under intense criticism at a meeting of the Senate’s sports committee in Islamabad with one of its members asking him to resign.

According to sources, Senator Enver Baig - a member of the Senate’s committee - told Butt that he has failed as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman and should resign from the position immediately.

Senators probing national cricket affairs fired tough questions at Butt and other top PCB officials during the high-voltage meeting held at the Parliament House. Sources said Butt came under fire over the issue of Javed Miandad, former Pakistan captain who decided to quit as PCB Director General last month under controversial circumstances.

When asked why Miandad worked as the director general for more than two months without even signing a contract, the PCB chief was unable to give a satisfactory answer.

“It was my biggest mistake to appoint Miandad as director general without making him sign a contract,” Butt told the committee.

Not satisfied with his reply, Senator Baig of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party asked him to resign.

The committee also asked the PCB chairman to explain the terms on which Miandad’s appointment was made.

The committee grilled Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam, chief selector Abdul Qadir and PCB officials over Pakistan’s humiliating 234-run defeat in its one-day series final against Sri Lanka in Lahore last month.

The meeting was also attended by PCB Chief Operating Officer (COO) Saleem Altaf, former PCB COO Shafqat Naghmi and Sports Minister Pir Aftab Shah Jilani.

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