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Sohail threatens to quit Pakistan Cricket Board

By Omar Khalid, IANS,

Karachi : Former Pakistan opener Aamer Sohail, a director in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), is planning to quit over differences with chairman Ijaz Butt on the implementation of his project to develop the game.

Sohail, a key PCB official, said he had not resigned yet and would take a decision in a day or two.

In fact, there have been reports that Sohail has already resigned over differences with Butt and another senior PCB official and former Pakistan captain and wicket-keeper Wasim Bari.

“I have not resigned as yet, I will take a decision in the next couple of days,” said Sohail.

Sohail is not the first former cricketer to fall out with Butt, himself a former Test batsman. Butt had a public spat with another Pakistan captain Javed Miandad, who resigned as PCB’s director-general in January.

Miandad blamed Butt and other senior Board officials for not giving him enough authority to implement his developmental plans. However, a few weeks later, Miandad resumed his duties after senior government officials persuaded Butt to take the former Pakistan batsman back.

Abdul Qadir resigned as chief selector last month, accusing the PCB top brass and the national team management for meddling in selection affairs. The former Pakistan Test leg-spinner has since become a bitter critic of the Butt-led PCB.