Pak issues notification of Butt's appointment as PCB chief

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Lahore, Oct 9 (UNI) The Sports Ministry has issued a formal notification regarding the appointment of former Test player Ijaz Butt as the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

The notification, which was released yesterday, is a formal announcement of the appointment of Butt, who replaced Nasim Ashraf as the new PCB chief.

The former batsman-wicketkeeper was appointed last Tuesday by President Asif Ali Zardari but the Sports Ministry had not issued a formal notification at the time.

''The President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan in his capacity as Patron of the Cricket Board in exercise of the powers vested in him under Article-5 of the Constitution of the PCB has been pleased to appoint Muhammad Ijaz Butt as Chairman of the Pakistani Cricket Board with immediate effect for a period of three years,'' the notification said.

Butt's appointment ended weeks of suspense since the resignation of Ashraf who quit on August 18, a few hours after former President General Pervez Musharraf stood down to avoid impeachment.

The 70-year-old Butt is a member of the PCB's governing body.

He earlier served as the secretary of the then Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan (BCCP) between 1984 and 1988.

He was also the president of the Lahore City Cricket Association for many years. He toured Australia in 1982-83 as manager of the Pakistan team and twice headed the national selection committee.

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