ICC ask PCB to appoint Retd HC judge in integrity committee

Karachi: ICC`s special task force on Pakistan cricket has advised the PCB chairman to appoint a retired High Court judge to head the integrity committee formed to give clearance to players for international and domestic cricket.

The integrity committee headed by PCB chief Ijaz Butt himself was formed last month as part of the reforms suggested by ICC`s executive board to the Pakistan Cricket Board to save itself from facing sanctions because of its poor handling of anti-corruption issues.

The PCB swiftly reacted to the threat of sanctions by constituting the integrity committee but included all employees of the board on the panel, including Zakir Khan, Subhan Ahmed, chief selector Mohsin Khan, head of domestic cricket affairs Sultan Rana and two security managers of the board.

Sources said that during the last teleconference the ICC task team had with Butt, they suggested the integrity committee should be headed by a retired high court judge.

"The view of the task team was that while the formation of the integrity committee was laudable but it needed to be headed by an independent outsider to give the committee balance and thrust," one source said.

"The task force also felt that by having a retired high court judge the committee would be able to deal with anti-corruption issues in a more swift and legal manner," the source added.

The integrity committee has so far held one meeting and apparently has also played a part in stopping leg-spinner Danish Kaneria from joining the Pakistan team in the UAE for the Test series against South Africa.

The committee is supposed to check the background of all players who are eligible to play for Pakistan and are active in domestic cricket.

Pakistan`s discarded Test batsman and a leading figure on the domestic circuit, Hasan Reza vouched for the fact that this season the PCB had taken steps to have anti-corruption measures in place even for domestic cricket.

"The players and team officials are getting briefings and literature while the use of mobile phones and laptops and presence of unauthorised people in dressing rooms has been curbed during the domestic matches," Reza said.

Sources said that Butt was thing about adding Justice (retd) Irfan Qadir to the integrity committee as he also headed the tribunal that heard the appeals of seven players who were banned or fined by the board in March for indiscipline.

PTI

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