Ejaz Butt to seek extension for another term

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2010, 15:15 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ejaz Butt is expected to meet President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also the PCB patron-in-chief, to seek extension for his position.

“The meeting is expected any time within the next four to five days. It is a crucial meeting in wake of rumors of possible changes in the PCB set-up,” a Pakistan daily quoted a source, as saying.

“The PCB chairman may also seek the President’s guidance regarding some tough decisions which need to be taken in wake of the recent betting and match-fixing controversies,” the source added.

The source however ruled out any changes in the top hierarchy of the PCB, saying that there was no such possibility unless and until Butt himself made such a request.

Earlier, it was reported that Butt had been told by higher authorities to appoint new board officials or forget about getting an extension to his two-year term, which expires this month.

“Ejaz has been told he can continue till the World Cup, but only with a new team and the present set of officials should be changed. The orders have come from the top including the President who is also chief patron of the board and the Prime Minister,” another source had said.

The source had also said that former captain Javed Miandad was expected to get more authority in the new set-up.

“Until now Ejaz has kept Miandad sidelined by making him director cricket, but virtually giving him no authority or say in cricket matters at all. But the higher authorities now want Ejaz to bring about changes and try to put Pakistan cricket back on the right track,” he added.

Butt was appointed as PCB chief by Zardari in October 2008.