PCB washes its hands off masseur controversy

Published: Wednesday, August 4, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has washed its hands off the controversy surrounding a Pakistani masseur, saying it was a private matter between him and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

"The Indian Board has not spoken to us about it. And we look at it as purely a personal matter between the masseur and the Indian players and its Board," PCB chief Shaharyar Khan said in Karachi on Tuesday.

The presence of masseur Sohail Ahmed in the Indian dressing room during the recent Asia Cup tournament in Sri Lanka had sparked off a controversy after BCCI Secretary S K Nair objected to his unauthorised presence and asked him to stay away from the team.

Shaharyar Khan said he had read about the controversy in newspapers and the PCB view was clear on the issue.

"It seems rather strange to us and we don't approve of it. But the Indian Board has not made any complaint to us, so as far as we are concerned it is a private matter between them," he said.

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