Shaharyar to chair PCB Ad-hoc Committee meeting next week

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan would fly out of London today (Saturday) for Karachi to chair an important Ad-hoc Committee meeting next week.

The PCB chairman said here on Friday that he would be briefing the ad-hoc Committee members about The Oval Test fiasco and its aftermath during the meeting set to be held on September 12.

The PCB and the Pakistan team management have been criticised by some quarters back home for what they believe was mishandling of the case following the tourists’ dressing room sit-in in the match after being punished for alleged ball tampering by umpire Darrell Hair in the fourth Test against England.

Shaharyar, who has been in England since the start of the ongoing tour, found himself in the centre of a storm after Hair and fellow umpire Billy Doctrove forfeited the Test and awarded it to England on the basis of Pakistan’s refusal to take the field after the tea interval on the fourth day of the ill-fated match.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) later levelled charges of ball tampering and bringing the game into disrepute against Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq. A hearing has been set for September 27-28 in London and if found guilty, Inzamam can be banned for up to four Tests or eight one-dayers.

The PCB boss would brief the high-powered Ad-hoc Committee about the reasons that led to Pakistan’s protest at The Oval as well as the steps being taken by the Board to get Pakistan cleared of ball-tampering charges and also to help Inzamam escape any ICC penalties.

The PCB acted swiftly after The Oval controversy by appointing a team of British lawyers to fight their case. Shaharyar, who was supposed to leave for Pakistan after The Oval Test, also extended his stay in England following the crisis to personally head Pakistan’s campaign to bring an amicable end to the controversy that rocked the cricket world.

Shaharyar would also be discussing issues related to next month’s ICC Champions Trophy in India during the meeting. Pakistan have already announced a 14-member squad for the one-day tournament dubbed as the ‘mini world cup’ and have retained Inzamam as their captain in spite of the fact that the experienced player is under serious threat of an ICC ban.

The national team management and its performance on the tour of England would also be reviewed at the gathering of top PCB officials.

Team manager Zaheer Abbas who bore the brunt of criticism in the fall out of the fourth Test crisis could lose his job in the management for the ICC Champions Trophy. Zaheer was appointed as team manager for the tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year and was later retained for the marathon tour of England earlier this summer.

Source:The News

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