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PCB sets up panel to check players’ integrity

cricket Updated: Oct 24, 2010 00:36 IST

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Acting on the ICC threat to impose sanctions if robust anti-corruption measures are not put in place, Pakistan Cricket Board has constituted a special six-member committee to conduct background checks and verify integrity of players before they are considered for any national team.

Zakir Khan, a senior PCB official and a member of the committee, today said it had been tasked to keep a close watch on activities of all players, officials and even board employees as part of the new anti-corruption measures.

"The committee will check on the background and disciplinary record of players in international and domestic cricket and clear them for selection," he said.

Zakir said the committee, formed on the recommendations of ICC's special task force on Pakistan cricket, would also play its role in keeping domestic cricket free of corruption.

All the members of the committee headed by PCB chairman Ijaz Butt are board employees. It includes director domestic cricket operations Sultan Rana, chief selector Mohsin Khan and security specialists in the board, Colonel (retd) Waseem Ahmed and Major (retd) Khawaja Najam.

Zakir also said that the board was working on setting up its own anti-corruption unit soon to also monitor domestic cricket matches.

The committee is expected to be given formal approval by the governing council of the board when it meets on November 1 in Lahore.

CSA u-turn on ipl investigations

Johannesburg: A decision by Cricket South Africa (CSA) to discontinue an external investigation into huge bonuses paid to its chief executive and 40 other staff members in the wake of the IPL II played here, has been slammed by politicians.

A Commission of Enquiry led by former Chief Justice Pius Langa was appointed in August to investigate the payment of R4.7 million to CSA chief executive Gerald Majola and others.

But now the cricket authority has decided that there would be instead an internal investigation led by A K Khan, Deputy President of the CSA. The opposition parties —Democratic Alliance (DA) and Independent Democrats (ID) have both slammed the CSA for this turn.

"It is always better to have an independent investigation for the sake of the stakeholders," DA spokesman Donald Lee said. "The DA is of the opinion that politicians should not be prescriptive of sports bodies, but now there are question marks over why the independent enquiry has been cancelled."