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World Cup: Moin's return, Younis' retirement gaffe add to Pakistan turmoil

The PCB has asked Moin to return home to give an account of himself following an alleged visit to a casino in Christchurch two days prior to Pakistan's match against West Indies.

Wisden India Staff |February 25, 2015, 2:03 PM IST
World Cup: Moin's return, Younis' retirement gaffe add to Pakistan turmoil

Pakistan's World Cup campaign hit another jarring note on Tuesday as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) asked Moin Khan, the chief selector, who was touring with the team, to return home to give an account of himself, following an alleged visit to a casino in Christchurch two days prior to the match against West Indies.

An official investigation has been launched against the former captain, and will be headed by Naveed Cheema, the team manager, according to AFP.

Shaharyar Khan, the PCB chairman, had sharp words for the selector, calling the act "inappropriate" in light of the team's poor run of form. He said strict action would be taken should he be found guilty of the allegations. However, no decisions would be taken in haste, Sharyar assured reporters in Lahore. "We will not make anybody a scapegoat and will investigate this incident before taking any action," he said.

The incident came to light when a couple caught Moin on camera at the casino, ahead of the team's 150-run defeat to West Indies.

Meanwhile, in another off-field distraction, Younis Khan, the out-of-form batsman, on Wednesday was forced to deny reports that he planned to retire from One-Day Internationals after the World Cup.

A tweet supposedly from his official social media account indicated he would retire, but Younis insisted the story was false. "I have no Twitter account," he told AFP. "I am working hard to come good in batting and have not decided anything like that."

Younis, who has struggled with scores of six and nought in Pakistan's defeats in their first two World Cup matches, has come in for criticism, with former players such as Ramiz Raza requesting him to give up playing the shorter form of the game.

These are the latest in a string of controversies surrounding the team. Eight Pakistan players, including Shahid Afridi, were fined for breaching a team curfew ahead of their crucial World Cup game against India, which they lost by 76 runs. Then, Pakistan media carried reports about Grant Luden, the fielding coach, being involved in a heated row with senior players, reports that the management denied.

Pakistan next play Zimbabwe on March 1 in Brisbane.

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