PCB sacks chief operating officer Salim Altaf

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Lahore, Sep 1 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sacked its chief operating officer Salim Altaf.

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt was no longer interested in keeping Altaf in the board due to his poor management skills, erratic behaviour and intrigues, sources said.

"The termination letter has been sent by PCB director human resource Wasim Bari to Salim," sources said.

Salim was appointed the chief operating officer when Ijaz took reins of the PCB after Nasim Ashraf resigned following resignation of former President Pervez Musharraf.

Shafqat Naghmi was shown the door and Salim was named in his place. The ouster of Salim is the third high profile dismissal in the PCB after sacking of chief selector Abdul Qadir and assistant coach Aaqib Javed from their respective posts.

"Seven out of nine PCB governing board members have signed the removal summary of Salim. The summary states that Salim's services are no longer required by the board," the Daily Times quoted sources, as saying.

The 'sharp differences' between Salim and Ijaz had reached their peak for the last couple of months. Ijaz had taken all powers of the chief operating officer in his hands and Salim, like a dummy official, was drawing only salary from the board.

"The decision to fire Salim was in the offing as Ijaz had enough of him. The two were not even talking to each other for quite some time. Relations between Ijaz and Salim started getting sour when the latter confronted the chairman twice on taking unilateral decisions and not taking other officials into confidence."

Salim told reporters yesterday he had not received any termination letter from the board as yet. "I reserve the right to pursue legal action against the board for this unfair dismissal of my services," Salim maintained. (ANI)

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