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PCB disassociates itself from Azhar visit

The Pak board disassociated itself from the visit of the Indian veterans' cricket team, which has tainted players Mohammad Azharuddin and Manoj Prabhakar in its rank.

india Updated: Apr 22, 2006 17:49 IST

Pakistan Cricket Board on Saturday disassociated itself from the visit of the Indian veterans' cricket team which has tainted players Mohammad Azharuddin and Manoj Prabhakar in its ranks.

The two senior sides square off in the first of the four one-day matches at the National Stadium on Sunday.

"The Senior Cricket Board is operating on their own and they have invited Azharuddin and Prabhakar. We just support the Seniors Cricket Board and have allowed them to use our facilities," PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan told PTI from Lahore.

Azharuddin is serving a life ban for his alleged involvement in match-fixing while Prabhakar was slapped with a five-year ban in 2000 which has since expired.

"The Senior Board is not affiliated with the PCB so they are holding this series on their own," Shaharyar said.

While Azharuddin and Prabhakar will take part in the series, former Pakistan captain Salim Malik, serving a life ban for similar charges, has been stopped from playing in the series the other matches of which will be played at Sialkot (April 25), Sheikhupura (April 27) and Lahore (April 30).

"We have stopped Salim Malik from playing because he comes in our domain," Shaharyar said.