PCB may suspend national selector Illyas
Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to suspend national selector Mohammad Illyas for violating the terms of his employment contract by appearing in the media on contentious issues.
The PCB has already issued two show cause notices to Illyas, a former Test player and father-in-law of cricketer Imran Farhat, after he spoke in the media including a
television show on the Shahid Afridi issue.
"There is no doubt Illyas violated his contract terms and is liable to disciplinary action as is Shahid Afridi. There is every likelihood of the board suspending him as national selector and his contract this week," a source said.
Afridi named Illyas as the person who was heading a lobby against him because according to the sacked skipper, Illyas believed that it was Afridi who had dropped Imran Farhat from the team.
The flamboyant allrounder used some graphic words to describe Illyas.
And when asked about him in a press conference on Tuesday, Afridi remarked that he didn`t want to say anything on the man as everyone knew his background and from where he belonged.
Illyas in retaliation hit out at Afridi in the media and used some disparaging language against him on a television show in which the banned Test captain Salman Butt also participated.
The source said that there was a debate in the board that if it took action against Illyas, it would make it easier for the board to convince everyone that it was not willing to spare anyone when it came to disciplinary matters.
The PCB officials and lawyers are due to appear in the Sindh High Court on Thursday in connection with the petition filed by Afridi against the disciplinary committee of the board and its proceedings.
The court gave a stay order against the committee and its proceedings.
Illyas is a paid employee of the board and has said publicly that he was willing to do anything for his old time friend, the PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt.
Illyas and Salman Butt were highly critical of Afridi, with the selector revealing that he had refused to include the all-rounder for the series against New Zealand, which prompted Afridi to make wild allegations against him.
"I refused to sign off on his name on a previous tour and he is holding that against me," said Illyas.
"But I will not stoop to his level. Afridi alleges that he isn`t consulted on selection matters, but the selectors are not required to do so. We do welcome his input but we can`t be forced to include his favourites in the squad," he added.