Angry Butt storms out of media interaction
Lahore: Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt returned home today from England amid speculation of his sacking and cut short a media interaction at the airport after being asked some tough questions.
A tired and angry-looking Butt came out of the airport terminal building to be greeted by a group of journalists and the interaction was not very cordial.
“You people think you know everything about cricket and selection, why do you keep on asking me these stupid questions?” said Butt and then walked off towards the parking lot.
The PCB Chairman reached home amid growing rumors that he has been told to step down from his position by next month by the chief patron of the board President Asif Zardari to pave the way for the government to appoint an ad-hoc committee for running cricket in the country.
According to reports, a senior bureaucrat and former Chairman of the board Dr Zafar Altaf is in line to head the ad-hoc body which is expected to take over in mid-September as some cricket related personalities and influential politicians have urged Zardari to sack Butt.
Butt’s controversy-ridden two-year tenure as PCB Chairman ends in October, leaving Pakistan cricket in disarray particularly after the national team’s poor performances in England.
In his brief interaction with the media, Butt did say that Muhammad Yousuf had refused to play the second Test against England after joining the team one day before the match began at Edgbaston.
“Yousuf refused to play the second Test immediately,” Butt told reporters when asked why the former captain was not played despite being rushed to England.
The PCB Chairman also felt that the fielding had let the team down in the ongoing Test series and said some important decisions concerning the national team would be taken soon.
“We will take some important decisions after a meeting of the governing council. The players disappointed with their performances in the Test series,” Butt said.
He defended the selection of the team and counter-questioned the reporters about which deserving player had been left out of the England Tour.
“Those who were selected look at their domestic records, tell me which player are you talking about? don’t just ask silly questions do your homework,” Butt said when a reporter said that deserving players had been ignored for the tour.