Former PCB chairman Ijaz Butt dies aged 85

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Ijaz Butt, former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), passed away on Thursday in Lahore. He was 85.

As per reports, the former Test Cricketer was ill for a long period of time.

 “The PCB is saddened by the news of the passing of former Test cricketer and ex-PCB chairman Ijaz Butt. Our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,” the PCB wrote on Twitter.

In a statement, PCB Management Committee Chairperson Zaka Ashraf stated: “I had the privilege of knowing him personally and I have nothing but utmost respect for Butt”.

Known as a skilled wicketkeeper-batter, Butt made his Test debut against the West Indies in 1958-59.

Ejaz Butt was named the PCB Chairman in October 2008. Zaka Ashraf took over from Butt in October 2011.

During his tenure, the cricket team won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2009.

On 28 May 2013, Zaka Ashraf was suspended as PCB Chairman by Islamabad High Court due to a dubious election.

He scored a total of 279 runs in eight Test matches at an average of 19.92. Furthermore, he featured in 67 first-class matches, amassing over 3,000 runs.