Wasim can be held accountable: Shakil

Islamabad—Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Special Committee Chairman Shakil Sheikh on Wednesday said if Wasim Akram is found involved in the Pakistan team’s debacle, then he would be held accountable.
Sheikh’s remarks have come after Wasim earlier at a press conference questioned the purpose of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointing the special committee to probe into the national team’s poor performance in the Asia Cup. Wasim had also said that Sheikh had not even held a cricket bat properly in his life.
Sheikh said Wasim should have a look into his own career first before criticizing others. “Wasim’s past is well-known to everyone and old files in the board regarding his involvement in betting can be reopened,” Sheikh said.
Regarding the old files, Sheikh was referring to the report submitted by Justice Malik Qayyum on match-fixing inquiry at the start of the millennium. “It is Wasim who has brought the menace of betting to Pakistan Cricket,” he said.
He said Wasim was not in favour of the special committee as he feared something suspicious would come up against him.
Wasim Akram, who has the highest number of Test wickets for Pakistan (414), was not immediately available for a rejoinder.
Speaking about him not holding a cricket bat properly ever, Sheikh said when the Pindi Stadium was inaugurated, a match was held between Tauqir Zia Eleven and Journalist Eleven in which he scored an unbeaten 135.
Sheikh then recalled that once the ex PCB chairman Tauqir Zia at his time kept a match in the F-9 Park cricket ground in which “I scored 42 runs and former West Indian cricketer Clive Lloyd was also present on the occasion. “At that moment Lloyd had categorically asked me that why not I join the West Indies team,” he claimed.—APP

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