Moin Khan given the all-clear after casino debacle (The Express Tribune (Pakistan))

For a while, Pakistan’s performance in the ongoing World Cup was overshadowed by criticism over national chief selector Moin Khan’s visit to a casino in Christchurch, an incident many would say was blown out of proportion. However, the debacle has finally been put to rest on Tuesday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan gave Moin a clean chit for his actions.
The PCB chief, following the casino visit, asked Moin to return home to clarify his stance on the matter. After listening to his version in person, Shaharyar believes the selector is in the all clear.
“Moin met me for 30-40 minutes to discuss the casino visit and I told him that he didn’t do anything that goes against our disciplinary code,” said Shaharyar. “He repeated the same information he had provided via e-mail from Australia and there were no discrepancies in our following inquiry.”
Shaharyar said Moin had gone with his wife and friends to a restaurant which had a casino as well and returned without indulging themselves in gambling. “Moin has accepted his mistake of making an inappropriate choice in dinner venue and the matter is now closed.”
The chairman further stated that Moin’s frame of mind was sound and he would continue in his current post but would not return to Australia. Any changes in the team or the management would be discussed after the World Cup.
PCB chief to travel to India
Shaharyar also revealed his plans of visiting India to meet friends in the government and opposition to confirm the MOU signed for the six series against India over the next eight years.
According to the schedule, Pakistan are to host India in the UAE later this year, but the series is yet to be finalised.
“I’ve decided to go there and talk to people I know in the government and opposition,” he said. “This tour is really important for us. The Indian team will need clearance from their government because when the MOU was being signed, there was a different party prior to the election,” explained Shaharyar, while adding that Pakistan’s tour of Bangladesh may not materialise due to security concerns.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 4th, 2015.
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