Standing Committee may discuss fixing scandal next month

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2010, 17:32 PM IST

Karachi: Pakistan National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports is expected to meet in the first week of October and summon the top officials of the country`s cricket Board and the team management besides the players to discuss the spot fixing allegations.

The Chairman of the Committee, Iqbal Muhammad Ali said the current National Assembly session would end in early next month. "After that lawmakers want to focus on this cricket scandal because it has brought a lot of bad name to the country and to our team," he said.

The spot fixing scandal has already been debated upon in National Assembly last week with lawmakers calling on Sports Ministry and government to ensure that the reports of Scotland Yard, ICC and the Pakistan Cricket Board on the issue were made public.

The lawmakers also demanded exemplary punishment for those found guilty in spot fixing.

Iqbal said that the Committee would summon PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt, Manager Yaar Saeed, coach Waqar Younis, ODI captain Shahid Afridi and were even considering the names of suspended trio of Salman Butt, Muhammad Amir and Muhammad Asif.

"As far as calling these three for the session is concerned we will have to see whether the ICC code of conduct allows them to be questioned by a parliamentary body when they are under suspension and under investigation for spot fixing," Iqbal said.

The Committee has already sent a letter to PCB`s chief patron, President Asif Ali Zardari advising him to sack Butt and change the Board set up.

Iqbal said being a parliamentary committee it had every right to know what was going on in cricket and why Pakistan cricket had got entangled in such a bad scandal, which rocked international cricket also.

"We are not satisfied with performance of the Board and we want to know what went on behind the scenes when the allegations were made against our players. We want to know what the team management was doing," he said.

PTI