PCB is­sues no­tices to three dis­tricts’ pres­i­dents

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LA­HORE—The Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) has is­sued no­tices to the pres­i­dents of Sialkot, Gu­jran­wala and Hafiz­abad dis­tricts for not play­ing their matches in the on­go­ing PCB In­ter-dis­trict U-19 tour­na­ment, which started across the coun­try on May 1. The PCB no­tices have asked the pres­i­dents of the said dis­tricts to sub­mit their replies about the rea­sons for not play­ing the matches, within seven days. If the pres­i­dents fail to give sat­is­fac­tory re­ply, ac­cord­ing to the PCB con­sti­tu­tion, ad hoc could be im­posed on the three dis­tricts.

It is learnt that all the three dis­trict pres­i­dents were not happy over the agev­er­i­fi­ca­tion process con­ducted by the PCB (for the re­gional in­ter-dis­trict U-19 event) as sev­eral of their favourite crick­eters were not in­cluded in the dis­trict teams due to ob­jec­tion of over-age.

Mean­while, when con­tacted, Sialkot re­gion pres­i­dent Nau­man Butt con­firmed that no­tices had been is­sued by the PCB, which was the par­ent body.

He said the Board had de­posited Rs120,000 in the ac­counts of ev­ery dis­trict body to or­gan­ise the U-19 tour­na­ment in their re­spec­tive area. The PCB also handed the dis­tricts other equip­ment needed to hold the event, but all the three pres­i­dents were not ready to play the matches.

He said Dr Re­han, a PCB doc­tor, con­ducted the age-ver­i­fi­ca­tion process for the U-19 tour­na­ment af­ter which some crick­eters were scratched. Nau­man un­der­lined that the PCB was the par­ent body and there­fore all the dis­trict bod­ies were re­quired to fol­low its rules and reg­u­la­tions.

“By not play­ing the [U-19 in­ter-dis­trict] mat-ches, the fu­ture of sev­eral crick­eters of these dis­tricts was be­ing put at stake,” he main­tained.

In four other dis­tricts of Sialkot re­gion — Gu­jrat, Mandi Ba­haud­din, Narowal and Sheikhupura — the U-19 in­ter-dis­trict matches were be­ing staged as per the sched­ule, he said.—Agen­cies

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