PHC, PCB working together to resolve cricket crisis


The Pakistan High Commission in the UK and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are working together in resolving the cricket crisis in the wake of betting scam allegations against some Pakistani players but no FIA team is being sent to Britain to investigate the matter.

A media released issued on Tuesday by the High Commission, also dispelled all speculations aired by the media in Pakistan and the United Kingdom that the team is being recalled or any other action is being taken at this juncture when the investigations are in progress and as such. It further said that this juncture when the investigations are in progress and as such there was no question of any FIA team being sent to London to investigate the matter. The release noted that immediately on coming to know of the visit of Scotland Yard to the hotel of Pakistan cricket team, the High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan and other senior officers of the Chancery met the Chairman PCB Ejaz Butt , manager Yawar Saeed and the players. Since then Pakistan High Commission is providing valuable support and guidance to PCB. So far no case has been made against any player only investigations are being conducted by the Scotland Yard. There has been complete co-operation between the PCB, ECB and the investigators.

The PCB has also appointed a leading solicitor to provide legal support to the PCB and the players. Pakistan High Commission is also in constant communication with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Home Office. PCB is committed to ensure that every endeavour will be made to get to the bottom of the matter and will be working closely with the solicitor and the investigators. The PCB has emphasised that there is no question of calling off the tour or dropping of any player from playing the matches. ECB officials too have committed to continue the tour and provide necessary facilities and security to Pakistani cricket team. The press release advised the media not to speculate or insinuate against any individual including the PCB set up since the matter is under investigation and no proof has yet been found. It also referred to the arrest of two men and a woman by the British Revenue and Customs authorities on suspicion of money laundering and clarified that these arrests have nothing to do with the cricket crisis.

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