Former Pak sports administrator blasts Ijaz Butt for 'damaging' ACC

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Lahore, Sep.24 (ANI): A former Pakistani sports administrator has blasted Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt, saying he has severely 'damaged' the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).

"As if the damage done to Pakistan cricket by the incompetence of Mr Ijaz was not enough, he has done even greater damage to the ACC as its current president," said Former Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Director General Zakir Hussain Syed.

Criticizing Butt for his way of handling different issues pertaining to the 2011 World Cup, Syed held the PCB chief responsible for the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to shift the world cup matches from Pakistan.

"It was a golden opportunity to utilise this tenure for Pakistan's advantage. India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka openly opposed Pakistan during the World Cup 2011 crisis, thanks to Mr Ijaz's total ignorance of the international importance of this organization," The Daily Times quoted Syed, as saying.

"In fact, Mr Ijaz is so ignorant of the affairs of the ACC that for the first time there is not a single Pakistani on the ACC staff list," he added.

Syed came down hard on Butt for ignoring the ACC's annual general meeting to attend the dinner party hosted by President Asif Ali Zardari.

He said that ACC used to be strong association years ago, but the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) through its influence has changed all that.

"India has now clearly taken over the control while Pakistan has been reduced to a non-entity. Let us all clap for Mr Ijaz because we owe this all time low to him. Pakistan always enjoyed full support of the ACC but no longer," Syed said. (ANI)

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