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Decision on Butt's fate as PCB chief in next 2 days

cricket Updated: Oct 08, 2011 16:48 IST

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Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt has left for Dubai to attend the ICC's executive board meeting even as a decision on his extension is expected to be taken in the next 48 hours.

Butt's three-year tenure as board Chairman officially ends on Saturday as per the notification issued by the government in October, 2008 when he took charge.

But government officials close to the Presidency confirmed that President Asif Zardari who is also chief patron of the board would take a decision on whether to give an extension to Butt or appoint a new chairman by Monday.

"A decision will be taken in the next 48 hours," one official told PTI.

"The President has been very busy with the political scenario in the country and other issues but a decision is expected in the 48 hours," he confirmed.

Butt, however, carried on business as usual and left for Dubai on Saturday to attend the ICC meeting. Officials in the board were unaware of any developments on the issue of Butt's extension.

"There is no indication what is going to happen, we are ourselves anxiously waiting for a notification from the Presidency," one official said.

Reliable sources in the government said former Test captain, Majid Khan has emerged as a front runner to replace Butt.