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.
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. pic.twitter.com/EH0UuMBfhN— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) August 3, 2023
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.
PCB mourns the passing of former Chairman Ijaz Butt— PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) August 3, 2023
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Saddened to learn about the demise of Ijaz Butt saab. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and loved ones. May Allah bless his soul with higher ranks in Jannah Ameen 🤲🏼 pic.twitter.com/42Tj6vdMMs— Imam Ul Haq (@ImamUlHaq12) August 3, 2023
Inna lillah e wa Inna elaihi rajeyoon. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Allah Pak darjaat buland farmaye ameen ✨— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) August 3, 2023
May Allah grant him highest ranks in jannah. Ameen— Umar Gul (@mdk_gul) August 3, 2023
A controversial figure who oversaw one of the most tumultuous periods in Pakistan cricket.— Change of Pace (@ChangeofPace414) August 3, 2023
Our sincerest condolences on the passing of former Test cricketer & PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt. pic.twitter.com/zo3zGKQuCT
Sad with death of ex PCB Chairman & ex Test player Ijaz Butt. Tough. But an honest person. Pakistan won T20 WC 2009 in his era. Attended my book launch in 2009 with Aftab Hussain Shah Misbah, Younis. PlzOffer Fateha.@aaliaaaliya @TheRealPCB pic.twitter.com/nBvF9kLlir— Ehsan Qureshi (@EhsanQureshi_1) August 3, 2023