Shaharyar Khan asked to attend Senate committee

Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:According to details, Shaharyar Khan has been asked to appear before the Senate Committee on Monday and he has sent confirmation of his availability for the meeting to them.

The Senate Committee has since last year in June been holding regular hearings to probe into the board affairs and question the board officials on various cricket matters but this time they have chosen an issue for discussion which has been discussed, debated and written on to death.

"The Senators want to know why the PCB has failed to convince England to play a Test match in Karachi on their tour later this year. Given the number of statements and interviews appearing on this subject since the last two months one would think everyone is aware of the reasons for this situation," a former Test player said.

He pointed out that it was common knowledge that the board had finalised the itinerary for Englands tour only after consulting and getting go ahead from the government.

"Everyone knows that since the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had based their decision not to play a Test in Karachi on the advice of their government and High Commission in Islamabad the only option for the PCB was to either cancel the tour or go ahead with the one-dayer," he noted.

It is no secret that in the last few cricket meetings of the Senate Committee, two of the Senators have virtually got involved in a war of words with the Board Chairman and officials, something that has not served any purpose.

The Board Chairman has also seethed over the leakage of some confidential board documents leading to a standoff at the last meeting of the Senate Committee where he refused to release the draft of the new board constitution for fear it would be leaked out to the press.

However, sources close to the Senators said that the purpose of calling the meeting is also to grill the board Chairman on some other cricket matters like the recent appointment of some people in the board and the impending preparations for the home series against England and India and the organisation of the Asia Cup.

"They also want to know what is the position regarding the new constitution and when it would be given to us for study or when it would be made public," he said.

A board official when contacted said the constitution didnt come up for discussion at all during the meeting the board officials had with President General Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad recently.

"As far as we are aware the draft constitution has been sent to the Attorney General for his vetting and remarks," the official stated.

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