Ijaz Butt slept during meeting: Dr Shah

KARACHI: Ijaz Butt twice took a nap during a marathon meeting of the National Assembly�s Standing Committee on Sports on Wednesday even as he came under fire from various quarters.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shah, Sindh�s Sports Minister, told �The News� that Butt slept during the meeting even when he was being addressed by Jamshaid Dasti, the committee chairman.

�He (Butt) slept during the meeting which was quite strange as it was quite an explosive session with the sports committee,� said Shah, a former member of the PCB Governing Board.

Shah said that during the meeting he underlined the case of financial mismanagement which prompted Dasti to call for a freeze on the PCB accounts. �I recalled the incident when a PCB accountant took Rs10 million in cash and gave it to (former captain) Inzamam-ul-Haq (in 2007). It is a proof of the fact that there is no accountability within the Board,� he said.

Shah also informed the committee about the PCB plans of setting up a cricket academy in Karachi at a cost of Rs100 million. �The Board is setting up an academy in Karachi but it has not even bothered to involve the concerned stakeholders,� he said.

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