LAHORE - Renovation work at the Gaddafi Stadium for the ICC Champions Trophy have been halted over what the officials claimed as "massive irregularities" in costs and contracts. The Pakistan Cricket Board issued a statement on Friday saying that chairman Ijaz Butt had "taken serious note of the cost overrun of the construction work at Gaddafi Stadium. On his instructions, the work has been stopped." Butt accused the previous PCB management of Dr Nasim Ashraf of awarding the contract to a friend of a PCB officer. The work started on February 7 last year and was to complete by August 31 but it has not reached half way yet. The press release of the PCB stated that the VIP enclosure at the stadium was conceived by the previous management and was to be ready before the ICC Champions Trophy scheduled for September 2008 at a cost of Rs 142 million for usable area of 55, 000 square feet. The PCB statement said: "The architect who was awarded the contract was a close buddy of Shafqat Naghmi." The press release further adds: "The design is faulty - huge columns have been constructed which have blocked spectators' view while the hospitality boxes have been ill-conceived and huge dinning room areas have been left at the back of the boxes which have very little utility and there has been a huge cost overrun. Variations cost a hefty amount Rs 41 million while escalation was Rs 45 million. Later other works including HVAC Work, Taflon Membrane, Fiber Glass Chairs, Glass Wall, Faica Beam, Built Up Floor and Hand Rail/Railing were added along with project consultant fee, architect fee, transformers and 10 percent contingency the total has reached staggering figure of Rs. 471 million." An official of the board said that they couldn't find any document proving if any approval was given to revise the cost which was initially Rs. 142 million while awarding the tender. The work on the project has been stopped and an inquiry is being conducted from independent quarters into its costs etc, he added. A pack of lies meant to settle personal scores: Naghmi OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - Former COO Naghmi rubbished the allegations as a "pack of lies". "They are unhappy with me because I requested the Ministry of Sports to start an audit of the PCB through the Auditor General of Pakistan as I had detected serious irregularities committed by many top officials who were there before me in the PCB," he said in a statement. He also gave some example that the bulbs for floodlights were bought by them for about Rs 60,000/- per bulb while his board bought the same bulbs for under Rs 18,000/- per bulb. "They tried to stop the audit and sought legal opinion for it as well, as stated by the auditor general of Pakistan before the Chairman Public Accounts Committee Nisar Ali Khan." "As regards the allegations, the architect was selected after open tender published in leading newspapers in the country. The contract cost for the stadium, on which my signatures appear, is Rs 183 million, and not Rs 471 million as claimed by the PCB. When I left the PCB the position was 70 percent complete and the amount paid was 170 and it was beyond my understanding how the cost gone up to Rs 471 m," he added.