~~Pak should learn to respect sporting heroes~~

Published: Friday, May 7, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal has strongly criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for instituting a medical committee to investigate allegations made against certain players that they may have faked injuries during the recently concluded Indo-Pak Test series. "I fail to understand firstly what such an inquiry, conducted more than two weeks after the injuries were said to have been sustained, could possibly determine with regard to the degree of incapacity caused by that injury," Asif was quoted as saying by local daily The News.

He also said that if Pakistanis do not learn to respect their sporting heroes then no one else will.

"Even if such an inquiry can come to a firm conclusion, I do not see why it was necessary to make it public that the allegations were being taken seriously, thus giving an impression as if on the face of it, some players had a case to answer. If we do not learn to respect our own sporting heroes, no one else will," he said.

Asif felt that if after investigations it was found conclusively that the allegations were true, then the Board could have come out in public and levied the heaviest penalties on the concerned individuals, but to have made it into an open media event specially when it is unlikely that a definite conclusion can be reached on the issue, was an act that did the already much battered image of Pakistan cricket no favours.

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