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Pak ministry criticises Shaharyar


Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has received a strongly worded letter from the ministry of inter-provincial coordination, over his recent visit to India.

Sources in the PCB said that Shaharyar, a former career diplomat and expert on Indo-Pak relations, was not amused with the language used in the letter by the ministry, which also released a detailed statement about it including the contents of the letter, on Monday.

The visit by the PCB delegation headed by Shaharyar ended in a major embarrassment for Pakistan cricket, when they failed to hold the planned meeting with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar in Mumbai.

In the letter sent to Shaharyar, the ministry has sought an explanation for the visit. "Federal minister for inter-provincial coordination, Mian Riaz Pirzada, has taken serious notice of the issue of PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan's planned meeting with BCCI president in India, which could not take place and ended in disruption," a statement from the ministry said.

A PCB source said: "He (the minister) said that he has sought explanation along with details of the incident from PCB and the PCB management has been asked to clarify as to whether or not the foreign office was consulted beforehand," it said.

"Furthermore, whether, a prior permission from the Prime Minister (patron in chief of PCB) was taken or not. The minister said in the backdrop of the tension between the two countries, such decisions should only be taken after due deliberation with all stakeholders." (Agencies)


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