'PCB investigating Moin Khan issue in detail'

Karachi, Feb 27: Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan has made it clear that a full-scale inquiry is being conducted into chief selector Moin Khan's visit to a Casino in Christchurch before a World Cup match for which he was sent back home.

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"Moin has said that he went there to have dinner but that is his statement. According to our information there is more to this incident and we are investigating that in detail," Khan said. (PCB to ask Moin Khan to resign)

'PCB investigating Moin Khan issue in detail'

Moin, 43, returned home to an angry reception yesterday after being called back from the World Cup by the PCB. He went to the Casino the night before the game against the West Indies which Pakistan lost by 150 runs.

Karachi police had to provide security at Moin's residence after angry protesters gathered outside his home and raised slogans against him. Even at the Karachi airport, Moin had to slip away quietly to avoid a small group of angry youth who were carrying eggs to embarrass the former Pakistan captain.

Shaharyar said the Senate Standing Committee on Inter-provincial Coordination and government officials had taken notice of the incident, which left the PCB with no option but to call back Moin from Australia and New Zealand.

"The incident took place in Christchurch while the team is now in Brisbane which is why it is taking some time to complete our inquiry," Khan said.

"It will take another two or three days to complete the inquiry and findings will be made public," he added. Khan said after Moin's apology it had become clear he had gone to the Casino.

"Moin has apologized to the people via the media but we have to yet receive any written apology or statement from him. I will meet him soon to after which he will issue a detailed statement," he said.

The treatment meted out to Moin has created a divide in Pakistan cricket circles with some people expressing concern that the former captain may been made a scapegoat for the team's poor show in the World Cup. Pakistan have lost two India and the Windies by big margins.


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