Karachi: Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ejaz Butt who has been summoned by the Lahore High Court to appear before it tomorrow in a citizen’s petition on the spot-fixing scandal.
Although the legal advisor of the board, Tafazzul Rizvi and the Pakistan High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, Wajid Shamsul Hasan have been very visible in the media in the ongoing case, Butt has done a disappearing act.
Until now the under-fire PCB Chairman has yet to issue a single statement on the issue and sources said he could land himself in more trouble by not appearing in the Lahore High Court.
“Butt is said to be in London. He was booked to return home on the 5th of this month but so far we don’t know what his plans are,” a source in the board said.
The Lahore High Court has summoned the PCB chief, the federal sports minister and seven cricketers on September 7 to hear a petition calling for the players to face treason charges.
Lawyer Ishtiaq Ahmed filed the petition in the High Court last week to initiate treason proceedings against players who are being investigated for alleged spot fixing on the current tour of England.
Since then the International Cricket Council has already suspended the three suspected players – Test captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.
Ishtiaq said today that he wanted to see the players banned and their assets seized as they had brought a bad name to the country and the image of the sport.