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Butt's extension under consideration

Ijaz Butt will continue in his role as the PCB's chairman until Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari decides on whether to extend his tenure

Umar Farooq
Umar Farooq
08-Oct-2011
Ijaz Butt will continue in office until Pakistan's President decides on whether to extend his tenure  •  Getty Images

Ijaz Butt will continue in office until Pakistan's President decides on whether to extend his tenure  •  Getty Images

Ijaz Butt will continue in his role as the PCB's chairman until Pakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari, who is also the Patron of the board, decides on whether to extend his tenure. The matter is under consideration at the moment, and till a decision is arrived at, the incumbent will continue in office.
Butt, whose constitutional three-year tenure ended today, left for Dubai to attend the ICC's executive board meeting, putting to an end speculation of an immediate removal. "The matter of the extension of his tenure is under consideration," the president's spokesman Farhatullah Babar told ESPNcricinfo. "As per the normal practice in our governmental system, anyone whose tenure ends can carry on with [the president's] consent.
"So, while the case of his extension is being considered, he can work."
Butt took over from Nasim Ashraf on October 8, 2008 and, unlike several of his predecessors, completed his tenure - in the previous decade and a half Tauqir Zia, Shahryar Khan and Ashraf all had to step down before their tenure ran out.
His tenure, though, has been plagued with controversies, including the armed attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore that resulted in Pakistan being denied the chance to co-host the 2011 World Cup, the spot-fixing scandal (and the problems with the ECB in its aftermath when Butt made controversial accusations against the England team), Zulqarnain Haider's fleeing to the UK mid-way through a tour after receiving threats from bookies and, most recently, a much-publicised clash with Shahid Afridi.
Pakistan's on-field results in the same period though were commendable, the highlights being the team's triumph in the World Twenty20 in England in 2009, the semi-final finish in the 2011 World Cup and a successful tour of New Zealand.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent