Sunday, March 22, 2009

Senate should not interfere in Pakistan cricket: Imran

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has said the country's senators should refrain from interfering in national cricket affairs.

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Imran, now a politician, told reporters that senators have no business telling the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) what to do as they "don't know anything about the sport".

"The senators should do the job they are supposed to do and leave cricket alone," said Imran.

A war of words has been going on between the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt and the Senate's committee on sports in recent weeks.

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Earlier this week, Butt wrote a letter to senate chairman Farooq H Naek, challenging the senate's authority to probe national cricket affairs.

Butt is already facing a privilege motion filed by five senators last month after he said at a press conference that the committee had no powers over national cricket affairs.

The panel, which has been probing national cricket affairs for a long time, last month called the current PCB management incompetent and recommended to president Asif Zardari, the board's chief patron, that a new set-up should be appointed.

Soon afterwards, Pakistan senate's standing committee on sports moved a resolution for an "immediate change" in the PCB management.

If Butt is found guilty of a breach of privilege, he would be asked to apologise.

Meanwhile, Imran said only drastic measures can put Pakistan cricket back on track. "We will have to take concrete steps to revive our cricket," he said.

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