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Naghmi gets marching orders, Altaf new PCB Director General

Lahore, Oct 25 (UNI) Pakistan's newly appointed cricket chief Ijaz Butt has sacked the board's COO Shafqat Naghmi and appointed former Test seamer Saleem Altaf as PCB's Director General.

It was hardly a surprising decision as Butt had never hidden his disliking for Naghmi and instead chose to have close ties with Altaf before and after taking over as PCB chairman last month.

Shan Gul, Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) legal advisor, said a ten-point charge-sheet has been prepared against Naghmi which will be made public soon.

Earlier this week, Naghmi threatened to sue Butt after the PCB chief alleged that Naghmi had tried to steal some sensitive Board documents.

''After the removal of Shafqat Hussain Naghmi as Chief Operating Office (COO) PCB by the governing board through a resolution, Saleem Altaf will work as Director General PCB, with the same authority as chief operating officer,'' a PCB statement said yesterday.

Altaf said he would use all his experience to help put Pakistan cricket back on track.

''It's a tough challenge but I'm confident that we will achieve it with a team effort,'' said Altaf who took 46 wickets from 21 Tests.

Altaf will be making a triumphant return to the PCB headquarters, just six months after being sacked by Ashraf for allegedly leaking sensitive information.

Altaf, 64, has been with the board in his current stint since 2005, when he joined Shaharyar Khan's administration.

As director of operations, he became one of the key senior officials of that time, but under Ashraf's chairmanship, he was swiftly sidelined.

Butt hoped that Altaf's appointment as the Board's Director General will be a positive step for Pakistan cricket.

''He (Altaf) is competent and experienced and I'm hopeful that he will do a fine job as Director General,'' he said.

As Director General, Altaf will have the authority of a chief executive officer and will be at the helm of all PCB affairs.


Story first published: Saturday, October 25, 2008, 13:04 [IST]
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