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PCB forms committee to probe Australia debacle

February 2, 2010

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Monday formed an inquiry committee to evaluate the national team’s pathetic showing on the tour of Australia.

Pakistan was whitewashed in the three-match Test series 0-3 and later suffered a similar fate in the One-day series which the Aussies swept 5-0 in Perth Sunday night.

“The committee will look into the various aspects of the team performance and make recommendations accordingly. Wasim Bari, PCB’s chief operating officer, will head the committee,” a PCB release said Monday.

The committee includes Wazir Ali Khoja, Yawar Saeed, Haroon Rashid, Zakir Khan, Tafazzul Rizvi.

Pakistan’s performance has attracted scathing criticism from various quarters with many critics calling for sweeping changes within the PCB itself.

However, Bari said that the board will conduct a postmortem of the team’s performance. “Our team’s performance has been very disappointing which is why we have to carry out an inquiry,” said Bari, a former Pakistan Test wicketkeeper.

However, the committee formed by the board has been rejected by some former Pakistan Test cricketers.

Sarfraz Nawaz, former Test pacer, said that the board is trying to cover up its own faults, adding that the inquiry committee either has the board’s employees or close friends of PCB chairman Ijaz Butt.

“The committee should have included neutral experts and journalists. I don’t believe that the board is serious in carrying out a far inquiry,” said Sarfraz.

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