10 reasons why Ijaz Butt should quit

Many have stated numerous reasons for the PCB chief to reason. I join the endless list and present 10 of my own.

Hammad Mateen June 23, 2011
Many have come and gone trying to present reasons for him to be sacked, but to no avail. I would also like to enter and ebb in the endless list of those who believe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt should resign or be sacked.

Below are 10 reasons that I believe are enough for Mr Butt to vacate his post:

1. At 73, it’s time Mr Butt heads the PVCB (Pakistan Veterans’ Cricket Board) instead of the PCB. The manager of the PVC team can still be his long time friend from Hoshiarpur, Intikhab Alam who himself is 70 years of age.

2. The next cricket world cup isn't scheduled to take place in Pakistan, so we don’t actually need someone (Ijaz Butt) to give it away, for at least four more years.

3. Since Shahid Afridi announced his retirement, there are no more superstars left in the Pakistan team for the PCB chief to humiliate.

4. Butt needs to realise that Mr Ahmed Mukhtar has other relatives too, who he needs to please. He should make way for them.

5. There are no more accolades lefts for him to achieve. U-turns on roads have already been renamed. They are now called ‘Ijaz Butts.’

6. It’ll be some time till the next Akmal grows old enough to join the Pakistan team so there won't be anyone for Butt to pamper.

7. No cricketer in the present bunch is interested in becoming an ‘episodic’ captain.

8. A proposed amendment to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) constitution (if approved) would allow the governing body to suspend a member in case of government interference in the running of a national cricket board (I think they’re talking about you Mr Butt. I suggest you take the hint.)

9. The selection committee has become rather rusty. It’s about time we let it select teams.

10. The PCB head’s chair has finally said, “You resign, or else I will!”
Hammad Mateen The author is a mechanical engineer, education management professional and freelance writer working in the social sector, he tweets as @hammadmateen (twitter.com/hammadmateen)
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.


Zeeshan Khan | 11 years ago | Reply I think this article is full of bias. You cant blame the falling on cricket in Pakistan on one person. You say its Ijaz Butt's fault that the world cup was taken from pakistan, I dont know how you can be more ignorant. You look at the Political stability of our country then you comment. A nation doesnt feel safe how can international countries feel safe? You mention Afridi, he is a disgrace. Your country should come before your personal grudges. Imran Khan a true leader fought off three different boards because he was pround to play for Pakistan unlike Afridi who runs to county cricket. Afridi did himself no favours by insulting India and then asking to be included in the IPL, the guy just does not make any sense. He retires and asks for his contract not to be revoked. You foreget the likes of Naseem Ashraf who ruined Sohaib Akhtars career, Tuqir Zia played his son (who tbh was no better than a village cricketer.). Selection committes, well I can name a few players who even before had been inclued form selector bias, Faisal Iqbal (Miadads nephew), Imran Farhat. Talented Players like Asim Kamal were left rotting by your previous boards. The institution as a whole is coorupt, and it is naivie to think that if Ijaz Butt leaves your problems will be sorted. bigger conterversies have come and gone may I remind you about Bob Woolmer? We have been underperforming for years now, so first understand the issues and then deal with the problem.
Harish S | 11 years ago | Reply Pakistan Circus Board needs a joker in its midst Hameed. Let him stay until Shahid Afridi finally takes over. He will soon after announcing a few more retirements
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