Inzamam-ul-Haq Resigns As Chief Selector Over Conflict Of Interest Allegations

Inzamam-ul-Haq has esigned as Pakistan chief selector with quick impact in the wake of meeting PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf in Lahore today after awkward inquiries around an expected conflict of interest were raised.

Reports in the Pakistan media arose that Inzamam is one of four  directors  in a UK-based organization called Yazoo Global Ltd. One more director at the organization is Talha Rehmani, managing director of Saya Company, an agency  that addresses many of the Pakistan cricket crew's most noticeable players, including Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Rizwan. Rizwan is also a director at Yazoo close by Inzamam. The organization secretary is Intisar-ul-Haq, Inzamam's sibling

Every one of the three chiefs and the company secretary were named on 7 December 2020, and when Inzamam was reported as Pakistan chief selector recently, his involvement - or that of his brother's, Rizwan's or Rehmani's - with Yazoo was not disclosed. This has brought up uncomfortable questions about whether it was fit and proper for the cricket crew's national selector to have a direct stake in a company that had Pakistan cricket's most unmistakable player agentas a director. Rizwan's name as another director throws up further inquiries still, with a main selector sharing a stake in an company both with a player subject to his selection decisions, and a agent who addresses that player.

I'm venturing down from the post to offer the PCB the valuable chance to direct a transparent inquiry about the conflict of interest claims by the media," Inzamam said in the wake of offering his rresignation, yet said he would take the work back if he was cleared in the conflict of interest charges.

if the inquiry team finds me not guilty, I will continue my job as the chief selector," he said.

PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf told a journalist that the PCB would "investigate" these charges. Inzamam was brought to the PCB headquarters recently, he had an hour  meeting with Zaka Ashraf. A source at the PCB says Zaka Ashraf didn't ask or compel Inzamam to resign, yet informed him of the board's intention to form a fact finding committee decide whether any wrong doing had occurred. Inzamam then, at that point, offered his resignation.

Before long, the PCB declared it had set up a five-member fact finding panel "to investigate charges in respect of conflict of interest reported in the media relating to the team selection process and that finding would be submitted "in a speedy way.

The wording of the PCB statement recommends it very well may be viewing the matter more in a serious way than such conflicts have generally been treated. While there is no proof to propose wrong doing by Inzamam or some other party, media reports had simply conjectured on whether it was fitting for Inzamam to simultaneously be chief selector and director at Yazoo. The PCB seems to have straightforwardly linked the conflict of interest to the team selection process, a more critical charge than simple folly.

This comes in the midst of a setting of developing bedlam at the PCB both on and off-field. The PCB the board panel, which Ashraf heads, sees its tenure  end next week, yet there are no signs yet on whether elections for the PCB chairman will be held, or on the other hand if Ashraf will be a contender for the role. On the field, Pakistan have lost four games in  the World Cup for the first time ever, and are near the precarious edge of a first-round exit.


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