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PCB may suspend selector Ilyas over disparaging remarks against Afridi

June 8, 2011 - Lahore

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to suspend national selector M Ilyas for violating the terms of his employment contract by speaking in the media on contentious issues.

On a TV talk-show, Ilyas was highly critical of former captain Shahid Afridi, accusing the all-rounder of making wild allegations against him because "I refused to sign off on his name on a previous tour [series against New Zealand] and he is holding that against me."

"But I will not stoop to his level. Afridi alleges that he isn't consulted on selection matters, but the selectors are not required to do so. We do welcome his input but we can't be forced to include his favourites in the squad," he added.

Ilyas also said that despite Afridi's penchant for courting controversy, the PCB had overlooked his past misdemeanours by giving him the captaincy, but that he rewarded the faith reposed in him by announcing his retirement from Test cricket when the team needed him the most.

"He scuffed up the pitch in Faisalabad, he has had heavy fines imposed on him, but we still appointed him captain, and then he goes and leaves a sinking ship when he suddenly announced his retirement from Tests," he said.

The PCB has issued two show cause notices to Ilyas, a former Test player and father-in-law of discarded Test opener Imran Farhat, after he spoke in the media, including that television show, on the Afridi issue.

"There is no doubt Ilyas violated his contract terms and is liable to disciplinary action as is Shahid Afridi. There is very likelihood of the board suspending him as national selector and his contract this week," The Nation quoted a source, as saying.

The source said that there was a debate in the board that if it took action against Ilyas, it would make it easier for the board to convince everyone that it was not willing to spare anyone when it came to disciplinary matters.

Illyas is a paid employee of the board, and has reportedly said publicly that he was willing to do anything for his old time friend, PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt.


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