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PCB chairman seeks more powers in board`s new constitution

Karachi: PCB chairman Ijaz Butt has sent a fresh letter to the chief patron of the board President Asif Ali Zardari requesting him to direct the ministry of sports to make new amendments in the proposed constitution of the board presently with the government for final approval.

"The chief patron has sent the reservations raised by Butt to the ministry of sports once again as Butt is insistent that since the PCB is an autonomous body the administrative and financial powers should rest with the Chairman," a source said.

"In the letter sent to the President, Butt has also requested that the involvement of the ministry of sports in PCB affairs and constitution be disengaged or limited," the source who has seen the letter said.

Butt already enjoys wide ranging powers as the Chairman of the board and is also directly involved in the selection of national teams something which has never happened in the past.

"Now what Butt wants is that the Chairman should have complete powers in the constitution of the board itself with no interference from the Ministry of sports," the source added.

He said Butt had written in his letter that since the President directly appointed the board Chairman, the ministry should have no role in cricket affairs and the board should only be answerable to the chief patron.

The source said Butt had also informed the President that the board was returning the proposed draft constitution to the ministry as several such clauses had been included in the constitution that were never discussed between the board and ministry.

"Butt has also said that the power of appointing the captain, chief selector, manager and coach should be solely with the board Chairman with the executive council authorized to discuss the appointments and approve them.”

"Butt has also negated the proposal to have a representative of the ministry of sports on the executive council insisting this was against the spirit of sports," the source added.

The new constitution has become a bone of contention between the ministry of sports and the board since last year with the ministry insistent that it should have a role to play in the financial and administrative matters of the board.

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