PCB part was low in assisting players: Asif Iqbal

Ex-cricketer and skipper, Asif Iqbal has said the position of Pakistan Cricket Board was weak in protecting suspension case of Salman Butt and Muhammad Aamer by ICC.

He said the PCB should have taken a stand by withdrawing the players from the team and would have inquired the issue itself.

In his comments on the refusal of appeal filed by Salman Butt and Muhammad Aamer against their suspension, he said the PCB did not take the decision, leaving room for ICC to interfere and take action against them.

Ex- skipper told that the PCB should have withdrawn the players instead of suspending and should have asked the international bodies that it would investigate the matter.

He said the perception in the media is that the appeal was meant to lift the suspension but it was not so as Michael Belof, the Head of ICC’s Code of Conduct Commission had the mandate to decide whether the suspension was correct or incorrect.

Asif Iqbal said the committee was not vested with the powers to lift the suspension. The last hearing will be conducted by the complete committee which will be authorized to give decisions about imposing any penalty.

On a question, he said the ICC’s take over was based on the inactivity of PCB. If the PCB had taken decision to withdraw players instead of announcing that players were withdrawing themselves the situation would have been different.

About PCB’s position in future for the case, Asif said the Board should take stance that the hearing should be done as rapidly as possible so that it should come to know whether these players are accessible for selection or not to become part of World Cup team.

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