PCB bows to player power once again

Published: Saturday, June 11, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ad-hoc committee which met in Lahore on Friday decided not take any action against the players involved in acts of indiscipline during the tour of West Indies.

The PCB succumbed to player power and decided to look the other way by expressing its satisfaction at the success of the tour, according to a press release issued by the PCB.

During the tour there were a couple of acts of indiscipline by the players which not only brought the game into disrepute but tarnished the image of Pakistan cricket as a whole.

Yousuf Youhana's spat with Abdul Razzaq in the One-dayer witnessed by the millions on the television and the distasteful dressing room bust-up involving stand-in skipper Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi and Inzamam-ul-Haq were widely reported by the media both at home and abroad.

Ironically the dressing room incident during the first Test in Barbados occurred in the presence of PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan.

"Mr Saleem Altaf gave a briefing on the recently completed West Indies tour. The committee expressed its satisfaction at the success of the tour and congratulated the team and management on their achievements," the press release stated without mentioning anything about the acts of indiscipline or action taken against the players.

The committee also reviewed proposals about the regional cricketing set-up, installation of floodlights, electronic scoreboards and video screens in Multan, Faisalabad and Peshawar stadiums.

The committee formed a committee comprising Imtiaz Ahmad, Zulifqar Ahmed and Iftikhar Bukhari to recommend appropriate proposals within a week for organizing a match for legendary medium-fast bowler Fazal Mahmood, who died early this month.

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