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Pakistan Cricket Board has suspended former quick bowler Nadeem Iqbal. The veteran, who has previously been a coach within the Southern Punjab area, was charged with sexual harassment and the matter got here to PCB’s discover final week as they took the choice primarily based on the continued police investigation.

Iqbal is from the identical area as Waqar Younis, and the 2 performed native cricket collectively within the late Nineteen Eighties and Nineties. Few believed he was a extra promising potential than Waqar on the time, notably because of his potential to swing the brand new ball. Nevertheless, he by no means made it to worldwide cricket. In March 2004, Iqbal retired from skilled cricket. In 80 first-class matches, he took 258 wickets, whereas in 49 Record A matches, he took 65 wickets.

As per a report by ESPNcricinfo, Iqbal’s suspension was confirmed on June 18. A earlier PCB administration chosen Iqbal because the coach for the Southern Punjab space. Regardless of being on the board’s payroll, he had not participated in any of the PCB’s intensive instructing applications within the earlier two years.

The sufferer alleged in a police report that she attended the PCB ladies’s tryouts in Multan just a few years in the past, the place Iqbal was one of many trainers. She accused Iqbal of molesting her and revealed the incident whereas talking in a video message.

“He bought near me with guarantees of choosing me for the ladies’s group and likewise getting me employment on the board. However over time, he saved on sexually molesting me and likewise concerned his buddies. He additionally had me videotaped and later saved on blackmailing me,” the sufferer mentioned.

In the meantime, this isn’t the primary time when such allegations have been made towards cricketers or cricketing our bodies. In 2014, 5 teenage ladies cricketers accused Multan Cricket Membership directors of sexual misconduct. Reportedly, the officers of the well-known cricket membership linked sought sexual advantages in return for together with the gamers within the group.

Yasir Shah, Pakistan’s Check leg-spinner, was additionally charged of helping a good friend in sexually abusing a younger woman after which threatening her final yr. The complainant finally withdrew the accusations towards Yasir, however a case towards his good friend continues to be lively in court docket.