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PCB bans wives on tours

Islamabad: Pakistanís cricketers will have to leave their wives behind when they leave for the World Cup ó thanks to a PCB ban.

Although it is a common practice for senior members of the team to take their wives along on long tours, the PCB said on Monday that it had decided not to allow its cricketers the luxury this time around.

The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by PCB chief Lt Gen Tauqir Zia.

Manager-designate of the squad, Shahryar Khan, was given a detailed briefing about the playersí contracts and the Code of Conduct of the World Cup by the PCB boss.

General Zia also briefed the manager on the complete scenario of the team in the last couple of years. Khan, a former diplomat and ex-Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, served as manager during the last World Cup as well as on Pakistanís tour of India in 1998.

During the meeting Khan said he would try to the job to the best of his abilities. He said he knew ten of the 15 players from the 1998 tour.

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