Senator wants Supreme Court to take notice of fixing scandal

Karachi: A Pakistani Senator on Saturday asked the country’s Chief Justice and Supreme Court to take suo motto notice of the spot-fixing scandal involving some national team players in England and also government’s refusal to change the PCB set-up.

Senator Tahir Mashadi, also a member of Senate Standing Committee on Sports, told media that lawmakers were extremely disappointed that President Asif Ali Zardari, the chief patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board, had not acted on the advise of the Senate and National Assembly committees on sports.

“Both the committees had urged the President in writing to change the Chairman Ijaz Butt,” he said.

“We feel that Ijaz Butt is totally unfit to run the cricket board and this betting scandal is a result of PCB’s incompetence. But the chief patron has yet to listen to our recommendations,” Mashadi said.

He said that in these circumstance he would strongly appeal to the CJ and Supreme Court to take notice of the ongoing crisis in Pakistan cricket and hold a thorough inquiry to ascertain who is responsible for the current scandal and subsequent mess.

Interestingly, sources in Islamabad said that despite the growing criticism against Butt, President Zardari had told a close circle of friends today that he had no intention to remove him.

“Zardari has stated clearly that he will not change Butt and he will continue as Chairman. He also said that there is a likelihood that Butt might get an extension when his two-year tenure ends in October,” one source said.

The President’s stance on Butt is unlikely to please the lawmakers.

President Zardari himself has ordered that the Board and other relevant authorities keep him updated on the ongoing betting scandal in London.