Pakistani Cricket faces crisis ahead of West Indies visit

Thursday, July 4th, 2013 12:43:37 by

Pakistani cricket faces crisis just days ahead of the West Indies tour as Chief selector for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Iqbal Qasim Thursday resigned that was followed by the abolition of the selection committee.

Qasim resigned a day after he announced team for the West Indies series.

Officials say that he quit after his contract’s tenure is ended, however sources say that alleged interference in the selection by the Test and ODI’s captains.

Qasim has reportedly told the PCB chief that he does not want to work more as chief selector.

Former PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf had appointed Qasim in March, 2012, after then chief selector Mohammad Illyas resigned.

The PCB team management and selection committee had been under fire for team’s poor performance at the ICC Champions Trophy in the UK.

Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court on Thursday ordered the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to hold elections in 90 days.

The court allowed the interim PCB chairperson Najam Sethi to continue with his work until a head is elected.

Sethi, who appeared before the court voluntarily, vowed to fix things in the cricketing board during his time as the PCB head.

On June 23, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed Sethi as the interim chairperson after Zaka Ashraf was suspended from the post over a legal challenge to his election.

Ashraf was ordered to halt work last month amid a row over his election, which was criticised in some quarters as unfairly influenced by President Asif Ali Zardari, the board’s patron.


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