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Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2004, 23:52 [IST]
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PCB issues warning against Bashir's deals
Wednesday, January 28 2004 18:22 Hrs (IST)

Islamabad:As a controversy arose over the activities of a sacked Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official Zahid Bashir in dealing with some Indian companies for the marketing rights of the upcoming cricket series, the PCB on Wednesday issued a warning that it was not obliged to fulfil any deals they signed with him.

The PCB made it clear that it had sacked Bashir as its general manager, marketing early this month, and so should not be held responsible for promises made by him.

"The PCB is not obliged to fulfil any obligation or deals Bashir may have made in India," spokesperson Samiul Hasan said reacting to reports in themedia that said Bashir had signed deals on behalf of PCB inIndia.

India are scheduled to visit Pakistan for a full-fledged Test and One-day cricket series since 1989 in March-April this year. The dates of the itinerary are yet to be finalised by the two Boards although they have agreed to play three Tests and five One-day Internationals.

The PCB officials were puzzled over the ultimate mission of their former marketing manager going to India and discussing deals for the coming series.

They said Bashir had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the termination of his services by the new PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan earlier this month. Reports quoted Board sources as saying that Bashir might have gone to India to get some written offers from Indian companies for different rights of the coming series to prove that he had been worthy of his services.

"There is every chance that he might submit and show these written offers at the next hearing in court and prove that he can get the highest offers for the many rights of the series and that work wise he has been earning money for the Board," the sources said.

Bashir's petition has been posted for hearing on February 9, and the lawyer appearing for him in the Lahore Bench was none other than Justice Malik Muhammad Qayyum who probed the match-fixing scandal in Pakistan.

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