Karachi, Feb 8 (PTI) A meeting called by the ministry ofsports with the three banned Pakistani cricketers and PCBofficials today could not take place due to the absence of thesports minister Ijaz Hussain Jakhrani.
"The meeting didn''t take place today in Islamabad asscheduled since the minister had to rush to Karachi to handlea brewing dispute between the management and pilots in thenational airlines," a source in the ministry told PTI.
He said the two senior officials of the Pakistan board,chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmed and director cricketoperations, Zakir Khan had reached Islamabad for the meetingbut were told it had been postponed.
"No new date has been set for the meeting until now butthe minister is very keen to meet the players and the boardofficials and get a full update on the spot-fixing crisiswhich led to the bans on the players, Salman Butt, MuhammadAsif and Muhammad Aamer," the source stated.
He said that interior minister Rehman Malik was to alsoattend the meeting to discuss with the players and boardofficials the criminal charges brought against the trio by theCrown Prosecution Office in London and their appearance in aWestminster court on March 17.
The source confirmed that the government was keen to finda way to help out Aamer as it wanted his five year ban to beeither reduced or waived off by the ICC.
"There is sympathy for Aamer in the corridors of powerand the sports minister and Rehman Malik have been told to seewhat can be done to save the career of the teenaged Aamer,"the source said.
The trio have to file an appeal against the bans in theInternational Court of Arbitration for sports in Geneva within21 days from the date the bans were announced on them by theICC anti-corruption tribunal.
The source said the players didn''t show up for themeeting as they were informed earlier about the postponement.
"But they have been told to remain available to attendthe meeting in Islamabad at a short notice." PTI Corr SHN