Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt has opened up a new battle front with the Senate Standing Committee on Sports, insisting they had no authority to instruct PCB officials or interfere in the board's day-to-day operations.
Butt's stern remarks have been made in a letter he has sent to the new Chairman of Senate and former law minister Farooq A Naek.
Sources said that in the letter, Butt had drawn Naek's attention to the recent altercations between the Senate committee and board officials.
"Butt has severely criticised the approach of the Senate Standing Committee on Sports in the letter and noted some of the Senators had adopted an insulting behavior with senior board officials at recent hearings," one source said.
He said that Butt had written in the letter that the PCB was an autonomous body and nobody could dictate to their officials.
"President of Pakistan is the Pattern-in-Chief of the PCB and being the Chairman, I am answerable to him only," Butt has said in the letter. Naek was recently elected Chairman of Senate while few members of the Senate Standing Committee on Sports have since then retired.
The Senate committee has thrice summoned PCB officials, including Butt, for hearings on cricket affairs and made it clear after every hearing it was not satisfied with the working of the board and its handling of important issues.
The Senators even asked President Asif Zardari to sack the present officials and make the board more democratic and transparent.
Reacting to Butt's letter, Tahir Mashhadi, a member of the Standing Committee on Sports, said he would apprise the PCB chief of the powers the committee during the next hearing on cricket issues.
Butt didn't attend the last hearing of the committee citing prior commitments, leading to some angry Senators calling for his resignation.