PCB yet to get reports on controversial England tour

Karachi: Pakistan squad is due to embark to the United Arab Emirates for another gruelling series but the national team management is yet to submit its reports on the contentious England tour, during which a spot-fixing scandal rocked international cricket.

A Pakistan Cricket Board official confirmed until now they had not received any tour report from former manager Yawar Saeed or coach Waqar Younis.

"Till now we have not received any report from manager or coach and so far they have also not given us any plausible reason or explanation for the delay in doing this," PCB legal advisor Talib Rizvi said.

The three-month-long England tour turned out to be a controversial one for Pakistan with three players – Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif -- being suspended by the ICC for alleged involvement in spot-fixing, while the ICC later also investigated their third ODI played at Oval on September 17.

The ICC at its last Executive Board meeting in Dubai, however, cleared the match of any fixing or corruption.

On the England tour, Shahid Afridi also rocked the boat by announcing his retirement from five-day format of the game and relinquishing Test captaincy after losing the first match to Australia at the Lord`s.

Abdul Raquib, a former manager of the national team, who went to New Zealand and Australia last winter said he was surprised to hear the manager and coach had not submitted their reports as yet.

"Normally the manager is supposed to give his report within one week after returning home, whereas the England tour ended on September 22," he said.

The PCB has also come under fire on this issue from the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports, which also noted at its last hearing this month that it was strange that the manager had not given the report on such an important and controversial tour.

Raquib noted that after the spot-fixing scandal stigma on Pakistan cricket, the report of the manager was of utmost importance and significance.

"The Board should know why the reports have not been submitted as yet," he said.

Yawar stepped down as manager after the tour but Waqar Younis still remains the team coach.

When contacted, Yawar declined to comment on whether he had given the report.

"I have retired from cricket and now you should ask the Board," he said.

Pakistan team will leave for UAE on Saturday.



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