The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Monday that Justice Qayyum commission report did not bar former captain Wasim Akram from working for the board and betterment of cricket.
Reacting to the speculations that the Pakistani board had rejected the Qayyum report, the PCB said, “PCB strongly rejects the speculation over the board’s perceived ‘rejection’ of the Justice Qayyum report on match-fixing.”
“The work of Justice Qayyum is acknowledged and appreciated by PCB and there is no truth in the perception created by a few media publications that the report has been dismissed by the PCB,” it added.
On the questions being raised at the inclusion of Akram in the newly-formed special cricket committee, the PCB said, “The Qayyum commission report did not bar Mr Wasim Akram from working for the betterment of cricket and for the PCB.”
The press statement acknowledged that Akram “has since his retirement established a reputation as a cricket commentator, coach and mentor all around the world and is widely acknowledged as a legend of the game… he has also worked on multiple occasions with the PCB and other boards, especially in fast bowling camps in Pakistan.”
Earlier, Justice (r) Qayyum rejected the assertion made by PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani regarding his report on match-fixing. In an interview with local media, he said that the report compiled by him regarding the 1990s match-fixing allegations was not incomplete.
He said parts of the report were implemented as players like Saleem Malik, Wasim Akram and others faced bans and fines. However, at some point, the suggestions were neglected, he argued.