LAHORE Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt said that he had high respect for both the houses of the Parliament. In a letter written to the chairman of the senate committee on rules of procedure and privileges Senator Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Ijaz said that he held in high esteem both the senate and the National Assembly. He also clarified certain facts that led to misunderstanding between the senators and the PCB chief which he pointed out developed only because of misinterpretation by media that led to the movement of two privilege motions against him. The privilege committee, headed by Senator Mashhadi on Thursday, recommended to President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zaradari, who is also PCB patron-in-chief, to sack Ijaz as he could not defend himself at a meeting held in Islamabad while facing two back-to-back privilege motions against him. One privilege motion was moved by former Senator Enver Beg some 18 months back and the second one by two Senators Haroon Akhtar and Tariq Azeem. A dispute between the PCB chairman and a Senate sub-committee started in May this year over an issue of payment to a construction company which was working at different projects of the PCB. While the Senate sub-committee was insisting the PCB to make their all payments according to the prescribed formula, the PCB chairman was reluctant to say that the company was asking for some illegal payments too. Ijaz said in the letter that: You will notice that the claim of Rs 149.6 million was waived off by the company as acceptance of this being frivolous. This was one of the reasons why the undersigned was reluctant to accept the recommendations of the PCB-contractor committee which met on May 20. If the media has interpreted the statements attributed to me or twisted them in such a way that they appear to have let down the senators, then the PCB can go so far as to regret such actions by the media but surely it cannot be held responsible for what has appeared in the media for which it exercises no control, Butt said in his letter. Butt expressed disappointment over the privilege motion moved against him and said there had been no violation of privilege. Be that as it may, the PCB and its chairman hold the Parliament and Senate in the highest esteem and regard and could not even think of uttering a disparaging remarks against them. If at all, the Senators feel that statements attributed to the undersigned appearing in the media have breached their privilege, then I wish to clarify that it was purely unintentional and regretted, he said. After the first privilege motion, the PCB chief in February last year had said that he was not answerable to the Parliament as the President is the patron and he was only answerable to him. The second privilege motion was moved by senator Haroon Khan and senator Tariq Azeem in which both the senators were of the view that Butt on an occasion passed derogatory remarks not only against them but also against the whole parliament.