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Pak senate stunned by PCB expenses

Pakistan National Assembly and Senate Standing Committees on Sports have been left stunned by the Cricket Board’s administrative expenses running into millions with a major chunk of the money going to senior officials as salaries and perks.

cricket Updated: Feb 23, 2010 12:17 IST

Pakistan National Assembly and Senate Standing Committees on Sports have been left stunned by the Cricket Board’s administrative expenses running into millions with a major chunk of the money going to senior officials as salaries and perks.

According to documents submitted by the PCB, even at a time when Pakistan cricket is facing a financial crunch due to refusal of foreign teams to tour the country because of security problems, lavish salaries and perks are being given to senior officials.

Sources said the senators were surprised to learn that even though PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt is working on an honorary basis, he has already cost the board a whopping Rs 6.4 million.

“The money has been spent on his travelling abroad. The board has spent 1.4 million on his business class air travel and he has claimed another 4.33 million as accommodation expenses and allowances,” one source said.

He pointed out that documents showed since taking charge in November, 2008 Butt has travelled to South Africa, Dubai, London, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Germany and Australia.

“Zakir Khan the director international cricket operations has also spent Rs 4.7 million on his official trips abroad while his monthly salary is Rs 335,000,” the source said.