Pakistan PM wants PCB chief's removal: Sources

PCB may soon see some changes in its higher ranks as Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani wants President Zardari to replace a few officials.

updated: August 16, 2009 15:03 IST
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Pakistan Cricket Board may soon see some changes in its higher ranks as Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani wants PCB's chief patron, President Asif Ali Zardari to replace a few officials, including chairman Ejaz Butt.

Well placed sources aware of the developments taking place in Islamabad, said that the Prime Minister had sent a brief on the cricket affairs and suggested changes to the President two weeks ago.

"Gilani has suggested replacing the chairman and some other officials in the board as he feels PCB has not achieved anything worthwhile since Butt took charge last October," one source said.

Butt last week insisted that he enjoyed the confidence of the President and government in heading the cricket board and there was no truth in rumours that he was going to be replaced.

Butt also insisted that the day President lost confidence in him he would step down himself without wasting a moment.

"Butt's close relatives are influential figures in the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party and hold key positions in the government and are also close to President Zardari.

"That is one reason behind Butt was chosen to head the cricket affairs in the first place since he is also a former Test player and has previous administrative experience in cricket matters," another source said.

The source also revealed that Prime Minister Gilani's brief was prepared after he took a complete briefing from the sports ministry, which is also not very happy with Butt's performance.

To complicate matters, relations between Butt and PCB's chief operating officer Saleem Altaf have also gone sour.