PCB defends appointment of former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram to cricket committee

Waseem Ahmed 13:01 01/11/2018
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Former Pakistan skipper: Wasim Akram.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has defended its appointment of Wasim Akram to the newly formed cricket committee despite the former Pakistan skipper’s indictment for non-cooperation in the Justice Qayyum commission report on match-fixing.

In 1998, the Justice Qayyum inquiry had been commissioned to probe several allegations of match-fixing in Pakistan cricket with the final report coming out in 2000.

Akram had been fined for not cooperating with the probe but PCB chairman Ehsan Mani had controversially termed the report as ‘inconclusive’ last week when asked to comment on the former Pakistan pacer’s inclusion in the cricket committee.

“The Qayyum commission report did not bar Wasim Akram from working for the betterment of cricket and for the PCB,” a statement from the PCB read.

“The former captain has, since his retirement, established a reputation as a cricket commentator, coach and mentor all around the world and is widely acknowledged as a legend of the game.

“The aim of PCB is to benefit from the vast experience of former cricketers in managing the game and Wasim, being an ICC Hall of Famer, has the requisite expertise to help Pakistan Cricket in its path to improvement.”

Akram has been inducted into the newly constituted cricket committee which will advise PCB chief Ehsan Mani on all cricketing matters. The committee also comprises of former Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and has Mohsin Khan as its chairman.

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