Beleaguered Butt's axing from PCB chief's post 'imminent'

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Lahore, Jan. 14 (ANI): Beleaguered Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt is likely to be axed amid the latest controversy surrounding Pakistan cricket following the team's dismal performance in the ongoing Test series against Australia.

PCB insiders said that President Asif Ali Zardari, as the patron of the PCB, has decided to change the board's set-up.

"There are indications that Butt's brother-in-law, Chaudhary Mukhtar who got him the powerful PCB chairman position has also given up hope of being able to save Butt's position in the board," The Nation quoted sources, as saying.

Mukhtar, who is the Defense Minister in the present government, had played an important role in getting Butt the cream post.

"Apparently even Mukhtar has told his close associates that Butt has now lost the confidence of the President," sources added.

To add to Butt's problems, chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sport, Jamshed Dasti has sent a letter to Zardari asking him to remove Butt and appoint new and energetic officials in the board.

"It is our job to keep a watch on how institutions like the PCB work and ensure their accountability. Unfortunately Ijaz Butt and other board officials have taken us very lightly for months and we feel there is a need to change the cricket set-up," said Muhammad Iqbal, a member of the committee. (ANI)

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