PCB not to take further action against Moin Khan

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided not to take any further action against Chief Selector Moin Khan, who was caught in a controversy when he was spotted at a casino in Australia days before the Pakistan team suffered a humiliating defeat against West Indies.

A senior official at the PCB head office in Lahore told Geo News on Thursday that the board will neither penalize Moin nor take any further action against him.

The official said this was his last assignment with the board as chief selector and his final stint as a board official.

The PCB has already said that it will form a new selection committee after the World Cup, he said.

Meanwhile, PCB chairman Shehryar Khan has summoned Moin to the board’s Lahore head office on Monday to offer a formal explanation.

Moin returned to Pakistan on Thursday after travelling as Chief Selector with Pakistan’s World Cup squad in Australia and New Zealand.

The PCB had recalled Moin back to the country shortly after reports surfaced on the media saying he was spotted at a casino in Christchurch.

Moin Khan has already apologized for visiting the Christchurch casino which he called “an inadvertent mistake”.

“I did not think this would have such dire consequences,” Moin Khan had said.

Shehryar Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), said Moin was called back because he behaved inappropriately at a time when the team were not doing well.

Moin was removed as manager before the start of the World Cup tournament and Pakistan’s campaign has gone on to be marred by controversy.

Eight players were fined for a late night out while, according to media reports, fielding coach Grant Luden has complained about the behaviour of some of the senior players.

The PCB and the squad have faced criticism after losing the first two matches to fierce rivals India and West Indies, and also losing a one-day series in New Zealand.

The defeats have increased calls for the board and management to be changed.