PCB chief to be grilled by ICC on Saturday

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt will be grilled by the special task force of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday in a teleconference, a PCB source said on Tuesday.

Reliable sources said that the teleconference was due to be held on Saturday basically to discuss and review the measures taken by the PCB to improve its governance and implement recommendations of the ICC made to the PCB at the last executive board meeting held early this month in Dubai.

“Butt will be asked about the steps taken by the PCB to enforce the recommendations made by the ICC board which is not willing to give much leeway to the Chairman now,” one source told reporters.

He said that at the last ICC board meeting, Butt had been clearly told that either he needed to put his house in order and seriously pursue implementing the anti-corruption measures recommended by the ICC for face possible sanctions.

“The ICC board means business and during the teleconference the task committee formed to look into Pakistan cricket affairs will find out from Butt about the steps being taken by him to improve governance plus the recent successful holding of the national T20 championship in Lahore that attracted big crowds,” the source added.

The source also disclosed the PCB was already under pressure because of the spot fixing allegations against Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir.

“The problem now facing the PCB is that the England, Australian, New Zealand and South African boards have told the ICC that there should be no leniency shown towards the suspended trio.

“The Presidents of the three boards have pressed on the ICC that it needs to take action against the trio because they had brought a bad name to the image of cricket on a whole,” the source said.

He said so far India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and West Indies had not shown support for the strong stance taken by the four other boards on the spot fixing issue but the PCB was worried about future developments.