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PCB seeks clarification from Chief Selector Moin Khan over casino visit

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LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sought on Monday a clarification from Chief Selector Moin Khan over his visit to a casino ahead of the Pakistan-West Indies World Cup match held in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Saturday, Express News reported.

PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan is reportedly upset over the chief selector’s action, and is expected to address the media in this regard at 5pm.

According to sources, cricket authorities — who are unhappy with Moin’s stay in New Zealand – might order him to return to Pakistan very soon.  Moin was appointed as the chief selector for the ICC World Cup 2015 and has been travelling with the green team for the tournament.

Earlier, as many as eight cricket players, including maverick former captain Shahid Afridi, were also fined for breaching a team curfew ahead of their crucial World Cup game against India, sources told AFP.

They were also warned that a repeat offence would see them kicked out of the tournament. A revitalised West Indies had cashed in on a sensational Pakistan batting collapse to notch their first victory of the World Cup by 150 runs at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on February 21.

The Caribbean cricketers had scored 310-6, with 115 runs coming in a swashbuckling final 10 overs involving Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell and Darren Sammy.

Back-to-back defeats to India and West Indies have left Pakistan at the bottom of Pool B while the West Indies chances of making the top four to qualify for they play-offs improved considerably.

While the West Indies batting showed substance lacking in their recent matches, they were assisted by Pakistan having a miserable day in the field compounded by four dropped catches.

Published in Express Tribune

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