Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) yesterday launched an investigation into chief selector Moin Khan's alleged visit to a casino ahead of the team's World Cup clash against the West Indies.
PCB chairman Shahryar Khan promised action if required but also assured that Moin Khan would get a fair probe. Pakistan suffered a comprehensive 150-run defeat, adding to the anger of the fans who were livid after the team's defeat against arch-rivals India. Moin's recent incident has only added fuel to the fire.
"We have launched an investigation over the reports that Moin Khan visited a casino, action will be taken if the reports prove true," Khan told reporters. "As per initial reports, Moin Khan went there to have a meal two days before the match against the West Indies and a Pakistani couple photographed him and made a video," he said.
"But we will not make anybody a scapegoat and will investigate this incident before taking any action." Pakistan are languishing at the bottom of Pool B after consecutive defeats, prompting cricket fans in the country to hold a mock funeral for the national team. Pakistan next play Zimbabwe in Brisbane on Sunday.
The Lahore High Court yesterday admitted a petition against the Pakistani team over its "dismal performance" in the World Cup in which it was routed by India and West Indies.
The petition also sought removal of both cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan and chairman of its executive committee Najam Sethi for allegedly not selecting the team on merit. Justice Ijazul Hassan will hear the case today.