Karachi: In an apparent official apathy towards domestic players, the cricketers of the Karachi and Habib Bank teams, playing the final of the Quaid-e-Azam trophy, have been not been provided mineral drinking water, citing fund shortage.
The players are being given 'filtered' water from the cooler during the breaks at the national stadium.
Younus Khan, who complained of upset stomach, had to manage mineral water bottles for himself on his own.
"But the water we are giving to the players from the cooler is also filtered," a ground staff member claimed.
Surprisingly one of the scorers claimed that the scorebook they were using was not provided to them by the PCB.
"The scorers association has repeatedly asked the Board to print and publish its own scorebooks as it is done everywhere else in the cricketing world. But they say they don't have money so we bring our own personal scorebooks for the domestic matches," he said.
The scorers have to pay 500 rupees from their own pockets for each scorebook.
When so much hue and cry is being made by the PCB on fund shortage, questions are being raised about the presence of three national selectors from outside the city to watch the proceedings despite the fact that chief selector Iqbal Qasim and member Saleem Jaffer are already here.
National selection committee members Muhammad Illyas, Azhar Khan and Farrukh Zaman were present at the stadium to watch the final, on the expense of the PCB.
"The Board says it is facing financial problems but it is hard to understand that when they are already two selectors in Karachi why spend so much money on sending three more selectors from Lahore and Peshawar and more so when the final is being telecast live," a commentator remarked.