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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Inzamam-ul-Haq Resigns as Pakistan Chief Selector Amidst Conflict of Interest Controversy

Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, has stepped down from his position as the chief selector of the national cricket team, raising questions about a potential conflict of interest. Here’s a breakdown of the situation:

Key notes:-

  1. Conflict of Interest Allegations: Inzamam-ul-Haq’s resignation comes in the wake of allegations surrounding his role as one of four active directors in a UK-based company named Yazoo International Ltd. Notably, another director at this company is Talha Rehmani, the managing director of Saya Corporation, an agency that represents several prominent players in the Pakistan cricket team, including Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Mohammad Rizwan.
  2. Involvement of Prominent Players: According to official records, the company’s directors include Inzamam, his brother Intisar-ul-Haq, and Mohammad Rizwan, who is also a part of Yazoo. This revelation has raised concerns about whether it is appropriate for the national team’s chief selector to have direct ties to a company that employs a prominent player agent and represents players under his selection purview.
  3. Transparent Inquiry: Inzamam-ul-Haq has stated that he is resigning to allow the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to conduct a transparent inquiry into the conflict of interest allegations. He expressed his willingness to return to his position if he is cleared of any wrongdoing during the investigation.
  4. PCB’s Response: PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf confirmed that the board would “look into” the allegations. Inzamam was summoned to PCB headquarters for an hour-long meeting with Ashraf, during which he was informed of the board’s intention to form a fact-finding committee to investigate the matter. Inzamam subsequently submitted his resignation.
  5. Fact-Finding Committee: The PCB has established a five-member fact-finding committee to investigate the allegations related to the conflict of interest and their impact on the team selection process. The committee is expected to deliver its findings in an expedited manner, suggesting that the PCB is treating the matter seriously.
  6. Broader Context: This development occurs amid growing chaos within the PCB, both on and off the field. The PCB’s management committee, led by Zaka Ashraf, is nearing the end of its tenure, but there is uncertainty about whether elections for the PCB chairman position will be held. In addition, Pakistan’s cricket team is facing a challenging period, having lost four consecutive matches in the World Cup, putting their advancement in jeopardy.

While there is no concrete evidence of wrongdoing by Inzamam or any other party, the situation has sparked significant attention and underscores the importance of maintaining transparency and avoiding conflicts of interest in cricket administration.

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