Pakistan news November 14, 2010

State of Pakistan cricket impels sports committee head to resign

ESPNcricinfo staff

The head of a Pakistan parliamentary committee on sports has resigned in frustration over the state of affairs in Pakistan cricket. Iqbal Muhammad Ali, who was chief of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports, was critical of the government for not taking adequate steps to arrest the current decline.

"The state of cricket affairs is before everyone, it is in poor shape and yet nothing is being done to change the tide," Ali told reporters in Karachi. "I am resigning because the government has not bothered to implement any of the recommendations by this committee for improvement and betterment of sports in the country."

The committee's previous chairman was Jamshed Dasti, who had repeatedly called for the sacking of the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt in the aftermath of the 2009 attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore, and even suggested that Younis Khan and his team-mates had deliberately underperformed in the Champions Trophy the same year. He was eventually asked to step down by the Supreme Court of Pakistan when it was discovered that the Masters degree he held was, in fact, fake.