Mohammad Ilyas barred from Gaddafi Stadium June 21, 2007

Former Test batsman banned after threats

Cricinfo staff

Former test batsman Mohammad Ilyas has been banned from the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore after allegedly threatening the national selectors according to Shafqat Nagmi, the PCB's chief executive.

The incident occurred following the selection of the squad for a one-day series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, Nagmi said, adding: "The ban can be lifted if Illyas approaches us and apologises for the incident."

Another unnamed PCB official told Reuters that Ilyas had threatened to "start a war" with the selectors after the omission from the squad Imran Farhat, his son-in-law. Farhat was also fined and reprimanded in April by the board for approaching the selectors and demanding an explanation for being left out of the squad.

"I was upset over the way they selected the team for Abu Dhabi and I vented my anger," Ilyas told Reuters. "But I have never harmed anyone in my life."