Pakistan news June 8, 2011

Selector Ilyas suspended by PCB

ESPNcricinfo staff

The PCB has suspended national selector Mohammad Ilyas for his role in the Shahid Afridi dispute and for appearing on a television show with banned former captain Salman Butt. Ilyas had been served two show cause notices by the PCB over the incidents, both of which violate the board's code of conduct for officials.

"The Contract of Mr. Mohammad Ilyas (member National Selection Committee) with PCB has been suspended with immediate effect for violating the Clauses 8 and 9 of the same," the PCB said in a statement. "Show Cause Notices were issued to Mr. Ilyas on June 3 and June 6, 2011 to which he replied. His reply was not found satisfactory as it was observed that he participated in a Talk show despite being warned."

Following the same procedure in the Afridi dispute, a disciplinary committee will be formed to hear the case and Ilyas will be told when he will need to appear before it.

Ilyas had appeared on a television show on June 6 to discuss Afridi's dispute with the PCB. Among the other panellists was Butt, who has been banned for 10 years (five years suspended) for spot-fixing. Under ICC rules, no board member can interact with a banned player and the sport's governing body is also looking into Ilyas' appearance.

Afridi had specifically and personally criticised Ilyas after announcing his conditional retirement from the game as part of his blitz against the board. Late last week, an incensed Ilyas felt compelled to respond with his own attacks against Afridi and was duly issued with the notice on Friday, in which the board said he had violated the code of conduct applicable to officials.

Afridi and Ilyas have a history: Ilyas has often opposed the selection of Afridi in the side but that opinion has ballooned in recent months. Afridi accused Ilyas of promoting his son-in-law Imran Farhat, while Ilyas responded by saying Afridi had pushed unfairly and persistently for Ahmed Shahzad, Fawad Alam and Shahzaib Hasan.

Fuelling the dispute are Afridi's comments about a "Punjab-Lahore lobby" working against him since he became captain; Ilyas is from Lahore and Afridi a Pathan from Karachi. His remarks have seriously irked the board and a number of prominent ex-cricketers in Lahore.

At a press conference in Karachi, Afridi clarified his remarks, saying that he was talking about an individual and not a region or people. "I did say it, but I only said it so that the media would understand who I am talking about," he said. "After that I stopped saying it and I took Ilyas's name. The work that he is using, the kind of language that he is using - everyone can see. I will not talk of provinces, I play for Pakistan."

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  • Khair ul on June 10, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Whatever the flaws of the PCB or selectors, players should not canvass their criticisms in the media. And if the captain of the team does it, surely his captaincy should end right then and there. Not just that, the entire book must be thrown at him for the misdemeanour.

    I think it is time for Ijaz Butt to call it quits. The problem is the position is government appointed so unless he falls out of favour with Zardari his position is secure.

  • zain on June 9, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    i think being punished by the board he'll actually gain support

  • Mohd on June 9, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Kick out BUTT & Co. Bring Back Fawad ,,IMRAN Nazir back in team and reinstate Afridi as Captain....

  • sri on June 9, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Its only suspension right? After all they have reversed the bans :) . so this is not news. But i see BCCI hand in this. they want to destroy pak cricket by eliminating afridi. so they supported the supporters of BUTT. :) Remember Pak's High commissioner to UK When he blamed india for everything for 'setting up' their banned players . You see such an immature people at international level no wonder pak cricket board is run by these unprofessionals.

  • Faizan on June 9, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Anirudhha, Lahore people have big hearts. But you are showing signs of a small heart by still feeling painful about Afridi's small heart comments. There are good and bad people everywhere. Unfortunately this time there was a bad guy namely M.Ilyas, in Lahore. When Afridi talked about a group in Lahore, he DID NOT mean that the entire Lahore is plotting against him. He doesn't have any grudge with any city. He will point out bad people whether they are in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi or anywhere in the world. So your comment is UNFAIR.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Ijaz butt and his companions had do so much damage to the cricket in Pakistan that no body did in whole history, suspension of Amir, Asif, and Salman is another factor, because of their handling of their cases,these nonsense peoples Ijaz and Ilyas has no outlook and nothing in the mind to bring the good for Pakistan cricket, they just want their order should be meet at any cost, I am requesting to President Asif Ali zaradar that please don't keep your eyes shut do wot ever you can do change this scenario in pakistan cricket if you truly love this game of Cricket, as a President if you don't use your power than you don't have true love with Pakistan and Pakistani peoples, People don't want Ijaz but tand his companions to run Pakistan cricket matters. These peoples have make PCB a resource of their enjoyment where they use Pk peoplesmoney to go over seas and spend nights in luxury hotels.

    Shame on Ijaz. and his com

    May Allah safe Pakistan cricket from these satans and dajahals.


  • Manesh on June 9, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    now, they will criticize BCCI for this...ha ha ha

  • Aniruddha on June 9, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    Maybe the Lahore people do not have a "big enough" heart to accomodate Afridi.

  • Andrew on June 9, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    @Jassem Shakil - well said, when Pakistan was last in Oz, I thought that Fawad Alam was the find of the tour. Since then he has been nowhere!

  • Bob on June 8, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    @DrAtharAbbas.. Well said sir...The PCB are a disgrace to the game and do absolutely nothing positive to advance the cause of the national team... Indeed their recent actions do more harm than good and rather than engendering a spirit of unity within the team seem designed to do just the opposite. Latest score: Politics 100 - Cricket 0.

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