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Corruption mars progress of Pakistan cricket: alleges Imran.

KARACHI -- Former skipper Imran Khan has alleged that corruption has marred the progress of Pakistan cricket despite presence of abundance of talent across the country.

He called for democratic election in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to end what he alleged was the political patronage.

Imran Khan, who led Pakistan in triumph in 1992 World Cup in Melbourne, said country possess great cricket talent but the corrupt structures had prevented the realization of this potential.

He demanded that the PCB Chairman should be elected rather than appointed.

He said that he fails to understand "why we cannot have a democratically elected chairman of PCB as happens elsewhere in the world,".

He stressed the need to immediately have an elected chairman for PCB.

"Until the cricketing structures in Pakistan are set right and are made immune to political patronage, all our talent will go to waste," he cautioned.

PCB is currently without Chairman after Najam Sethi was set aside by Islamabad High Court and appointed Justice (Retd) Munir A. Sheikh to hold the elections of the board by the third week of this month.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Nov 5, 2013
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