A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Salman Sarwar Butt resigns as PSL managing director

Butt has been involved with the PSL since 2011

As if the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was in enough trouble already after having to delay its inaugural edition and hope and pray that international players are allowed by their respective cricket boards to participate in the tournament, the competition’s managing director Salman Sarwar Butt announced his resignation.

Butt is set to be replaced by former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad.

Butt, who is a banker by profession, has been a key figure in keeping Pakistan’s domestic Twenty20 tournament afloat and has been involved in helping set up the PSL since 2011.

“Before joining, I had intimated the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) of my plans and commitments beyond April 2013, which would prevent me from working on future editions of PSL,” Butt said in a statement. “As the league is now most likely to be held after April, I will not be available to work further on this first edition. We have therefore mutually agreed that it would make sense to appoint a successor sooner rather than later.

“I would naturally be happy to provide all possible assistance to PCB and PSL even if I am not officially associated with the league, and would remain an ardent ambassador of PSL.”

The PSL was initially scheduled to take place between March 26 and April 7 in either Karachi or Lahore, but it was postponed after the PCB decided to give investors more time to make bids on each of the five franchises the board have planned for the tournament.

The PCB also decided to delay the PSL since it was set to clash with other cricket tournaments and, more importantly, pre-poll campaigns ahead of general elections, which are set to take place in May.

As of right now, the PCB are still looking for another vacant period, but have not released any details about when they plan to hold the tournament.

“A committee is working full time to find available and appropriate dates and we are hopeful that the process for the sale of various rights will restart soon,” Butt said. “We are constantly in touch with all parties who have shown interest in our League and we hope to announce new dates soon.”

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