Former PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt passes away

PCB chairman

LAHORE: Former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt passed away in Lahore on Thursday.

The 85-year-old was ill for a long period of time, according to his son-in-law Arif Saeed.

Butt was the chairman of the PCB between 2008 and 2011, which included multiple sackings and appointments in the team management.

“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 said in a brief statement on its official Twitter account.

Butt was a wicketkeeper-batter during his playing days and made his Test debut against West Indies in 1958-59 as an opener, notching up 41 not out in a 10-wicket win.

He also played twice against Australia, making his only half-century at Karachi in December 1959.

Overall, he scored 279 runs in eight Tests at an average of 19.92. He also featured in 67 first-class matches, scoring more than 3,000 runs.

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