LAHORE: Test batsman Fawad Alam is likely to face grilling in connection with the controversial Friendship Twenty20 Series where Danish Kaneria, serving a lifetime ban from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), also participated. Besides Fawad and Kaneria, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official namely Badar Rafaey and other Pakistan players including Nasir Jamshed, Wahab Riaz and Pakistan discarded Abdul Razzaq have also been found involved in the contentious Friendship T20 Series held in Houston, USA in April.
The ECB which banned Kaneria in a 2009 match-fixing case raised serious objection over the said event by staging a protest before the International Cricket Council (ICC) that forced the PCB to take a quick action in shape of forming a three-member committee comprising two board officials - Usman Wahla and Colonel Azam - and headed by PCB director domestic Intikhab Alam. The probe committee will convene on Monday (today) and is expected to present its report to the PCB chairman the same day.
Sources said that while the committee has been probing which PCB official or cricketer is involved in organising the said event in Houston and then inviting the cricketers there, Fawad seems to be the major wrongdoer as he along with his close relative namely former Test cricketer Mansoor Akhtar living in the US organised the event.
Notwithstanding, the new selection committee headed by Moin Khan has invited all the three players - Wahab, Fawad and Nasir - at the conditioning camp starting here from May 6 despite the fact that the PCB probe committee has been enquiring against them. Traditionally, the national selection committee selects probables after getting clearance from the PCB but this time around it didn’t opt to wait for report of the probe committee.
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