Pak MPs to probe falling standards of cricket in country

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Karachi, Feb 9 (ANI): A parliamentary committee on sports will probe on Monday the falling standards of Pakistani cricket and the controversy behind the resignation of the PCB's director general Jeved Miandad.

The committee has summoned team management, former director general Javed Miandad and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials for the meeting in capital Islamabad.

Pakistan suffered their heaviest one-day defeat by 234 runs against Sri Lanka in the series-deciding one-day match in Lahore last month, The News reported.

In the aftermath, senior batsman Younus Khan replaced captain Shoaib Malik.

Malik, coach Intikhab Alam and chief selector Abdul Qadir will also attend the meeting to explain the reasons behind the loss.

Senator Tahir Mashhadi said the committee is determined to find the causes behind the deteriorating standards of the team.

"Cricket is our top game so we want to address the reasons behind team's defeat against Sri Lanka and want to improve our cricket board affairs, which look in a shambles," Mashhadi said.

"We have requested Miandad to give his version and wants to listen PCB's point of view on Miandad's resignation and we want to resolve the issue," said Mashhadi of last month's resignation by Miandad, who wanted more power in the administration.

Mashhadi said Miandad had not been treated fairly.

The committee is also expected to probe PCB chairman Ijaz Butt about his failure to convince foreign teams not to worry about security and travel to Pakistan. (ANI)

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