PCB keeps mum on players under integrity committee radar

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Saturday declined to disclose the names of the players who were being investigated by PCB’s high-powered integrity committee before they could be given green signal to play for the national team.

The chief operating officer of PCB, Subhan Ahmed has confirmed that some players were under scrutiny of the integrity committee.

“It would not be appropriate for me to take names but there is a understanding between the PCB and the International Cricket Council and this applies to all boards that integrity of all players who play for the national teams must be above board at all times,” he said.

Subhan was asked about the ongoing inquiry by the integrity committee into top players like Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Danish Kaneria who have been asked to submit details of their properties and assets and other documents by December 30.

These players have also been called for interviews by the committee on the same date after which the national selectors will be able to announce the one-day squad for the series in New Zealand and the 30-men preliminary squad for the 2011 World Cup.

The PCB has taken an extension until January 5 to announce its World Cup probables and Subhan said the decision to ask for extra time was necessitated because of the ongoing inquiry.

He declined to comment on how many players were on this list but said it was a process where players once cleared would be able to represent their country without any problem.

“We are signatories to the ICC anti-corruption code and as a matter of policy the PCB has also decided to be very clear before selecting players for international assignments,” Subhan added.

He also made it clear that the ICC had no involvement in the entire process.

“The reports that we had sent a list of 45 players to the ICC for clearance is not correct. We have our own process of clearing players,” he said.


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