Pakistan's disciplinary crisis

Pakistan MPs summon team officials over Australia tour

Cricinfo staff

May 20, 2010

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Michael Hussey is dropped by Kamran Akmal, Australia v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Sydney, 3rd day, January 5, 2010
In his statement, Kamran Akmal has defended his shoddy performance behind the stumps during the Sydney Test © Getty Images

The parliamentary committee probing Pakistan's disastrous tour of Australia has summoned top officials and players - including PCB chairman Ijaz Butt, Australian tour coach Intikhab Alam and former captain Younis Khan - to answer questions relating to the side's performance.

A brief statement issued by the committee on Monday did not., however, specify what exactly the committee would be investigating or who esle it would call.

The development came a day after the leak of video footage of the PCB inquiry that revealed high levels of discord and distrust within the team. Shoaib Malik was at the center of the controversy, with several team-mates and coaches accusing him of being a negative influence in the team.

The video also featured Alam and the then bowling coach Aaqib Javed raising questions over wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal's shoddy performance in the Sydney Test. Akmal dropped Australian batsman Michael Hussey three times and missed an easy run-out, with Hussey going on to make a match-winning 138, as Pakistan crumbled from a position of strength at the end of the first innings. The visitors never recovered from the Sydney fiasco, going on to lose all the remaining matches on tour.

"I was flabbergasted when Kamran missed that run out. The batsman was far from the crease and the ball was in Kamran's hands but he missed the chance," Alam said.

Akmal defended himself saying that he was blinded and hence could not complete the run out. "I got the ball but was totally blind and couldn't run out the batsman," he said in his statement.

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