Now PCB has to answer Parliament for defeat

Published: Friday, May 28, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:A Pakistani Parliamentary committee has summoned top cricket officials to explain the country's first ever home defeat by India, officials said.

"The standing committee of the senate on sports and culture has summoned Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials to tell us the reasons of Pakistan's defeats against India," senator Enver Baig said on Friday.

"Every other man is concerned and losing interest in the game after India defeat and wants to know what are the reasons," said Baig, a committee member who belongs to the main opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP).

Sports minister Raees Munir, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan, chief executive Ramiz Raja and chief selector Wasim Bari will participate in the open discussion at the upper house committee on Saturday, he said.

During their first tour across the border since 1989, India won the five-match One-day series 3-2 and the three-match Test series 2-1, their first ever wins on Pakistani soil.

The Pakistan team came in for severe criticism after losing the decisive third Test by an innings and 131 runs. PCB later formed a medical commission to look into a spate of injuries to key players.

Newspaper reports have said Raja may be facing the axe as officials ring the changes in Pakistan's cricket administration.

However, Baig said the cricket officials would have been summoned even if Pakistan had not lost to their main rivals.

"No, even if we had lost in this manner to a team like Sri Lanka or Bangladesh we would have done the same," he said.

The Senate chairman Mohammadmian Soomro may also attend the sports and cultural committee meeting which summoned Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan, PCB chief executive Ramiz Raja and chairman of selectors Wasim Bari.

"Yes, we have been summoned before the committee and it is routine that any committee seeking clarification on anything calls the concerned officials and we will go there with open minds," said PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan.

"We realise people's disappointment over the defeat but we have started our planning for the future to build a strong team," he said.

Pakistan lost both the One-day and Test series as India last month completed their historic tour of Pakistan, their first for 15 years.

PCB chairman also met President Pervez Musharraf, also a patron of the PCB, on Thursday to brief him of the reasons of Pakistan's defeats against India and various other issues.

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