'No board official should comment on umpiring'

Shaharyar Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, has condemned Wasim Bari's statements against the umpiring in the Videocon Cup final, saying that no board official should make such public comments.

The News quoted Shaharyar as saying, "I think the media and the people are the ones who can make public comments about an umpire or his decisions. But as far as the board and team-management is concerned it must strictly abide by the ICC procedures. The ICC has a laid down procedure for such things and the captain and manager are encouraged to send their reports and give their grading about the umpires to the ICC after every match and that has been done after the Holland final."

Bari, the chief selector, had strongly criticised Shepherd and two decisions that went against Inzamam-ul-Haq and Yousuf Youhana. He had also described Shepherd as 'too old'.

Shaharyar also confirmed that neither the PCB nor the team management had lodged any official protest against Shepherd. He added that the board had not made any request that Shepherd should not be appointed for any future Pakistan match.