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Ijaz Butt, former PCB chief, passes away aged 85

The cricket board said it was saddened by the news of Butt’s demise and extended heartfelt condolences to his friends and family.

Ijaz Butt, former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), passed away on Thursday at the age of 85 after a prolonged illness in Lahore.

Ijaz Butt’s son Arif Saeed confirmed the news of his demise.

He added that the former Test cricketer was unwell for a long time.

Ijaz Butt served as the PCB chairman from 2008 to 2011.

Born in Sialkot on 10 March 1938, Butt featured in eight Tests for Pakistan from 1959 to 1962. Pakistan cricket team won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2009 under the chairmanship of PCB.

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


PCB Management Committee Chairperson Zaka Ashraf in a condolence statement said: “I had the privilege of knowing him personally and I have nothing but the utmost respect for Butt.”

“I offer my deepest condolences to Ijaz Butt’s family and friends, and assure them that he will always be remembered for the contributions he made to Pakistan cricket,” Ashraf said.

Prayers and condolences are pouring in on the Twitter timeline following Butt’s demise.





Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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