PCB chairman Ijaz Butt resigned from his post after the cricket World Cup but was told by the Board Patron, President Asif Zardari, to carry on until further orders, according to sources.
The 73-year-old Butt, who had sent in his resignation to Zardari after the World Cup, had asked the President to relieve him of his duties before his three-year tenure ends in October.
“Basically Butt wanted to go on health leave after the West Indies tour but the Shahid Afridi issue has put off that plan,” one source said.
The source, however, said that President Zardari is yet to make a decision on Butt's resignation.
“At the moment Butt wants to step down but the chief patron is still to decide on his successor and they are likely to meet in August to decide the future course of Pakistan cricket,” the source said.
Another source said Butt’s future would now be decided when he returned home in July end after a month’s leave.
“Butt will go on a leave after attending the ICC meetings in Hong Kong. In his place Chief Operating Officer, Subhan Ahmad will be the acting Chairman. This was decided at the meeting of the governing board the other day,” the source said.
Butt has earned a reputation of being a stubborn chairman and he is perhaps the most criticised PCB chairman.
In the recent fiasco involving former ODI captain Shahid Afridi, Butt refused to succumb to political or media pressure and forced the all-rounder to appear before the disciplinary committee, which fined him 4.5 million rupees for breaching PCB code of conduct.
“It is also a tricky situation for the Board’s chief patron who has lot of faith in Butt. Butt, after the World Cup, had indicated that he now wants to concentrate on his business and family,” the source said.