Criticism forces PCB to review central contracts

January 19th, 2009 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Jan 19 (IANS) Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has formed a committee to review the list of players given central contracts last month.A meeting of the PCB governing board Monday decided that a high-profile four-man committee will review the list and suggest adding or subtracting players from it.

The committee will be headed by PCB chairman Ijaz Butt and will include Javed Miandad (director-general PCB), Saleem Altaf (chief operating officer) and Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam.

The decision to form the committee was taken after the board drew flak over a 27-man list selected for lucrative central contracts. The board overlooked a number of promising players while finalising the list and was lambasted by several former cricketers and cricket officials.

Mohammad Ali Shah, president of the Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA), criticised the board for not considering two talented Karachi batsmen Asim Kamal and Saeed Bin Nasir. Shah is also the provincial sports minister of the Sindh province.

Speaking to reporters after the board meeting, Butt said he would be going to Australia later this month for an ICC executive board meeting in Perth. The PCB chief said he would be meeting top Cricket Australia officials in a bid to confirm Australia’s One-day series against Pakistan.

However, he admitted that Australia is unlikely to tour Pakistan because of security fears. “We will discuss all options in Perth and if need be we will host the series at some neutral venue,” said Butt, a former Pakistan Test cricketer.

Australia refused to tour Pakistan last year because of security apprehensions. It agreed to compensate for the cancellation of the series by touring Pakistan twice in 2009 and 2010 for One-dayers and Tests respectively.

Australia is supposed to visit Pakistan in April this year for a One-day series.

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