by: Atika Mehboob TN Sport Pakistan:
Director of Media and Communications for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Aalia Rasheed, has provided clarification regarding the involvement of wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan in the conflict of interest case involving former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Inzamam recently resigned from his position as the chief selector following the revelation that he holds shares in Yazoo International Ltd, a company owned by players’ agent Talha Rehmani. This revelation has raised questions about whether Inzamam’s dual roles as Chief Selector and a shareholder in a company representing top cricketers might have influenced player selection decisions.
Furthermore, Rizwan is also a director at the UK-based company, alongside Inzamam and Talha, which has raised questions about Rizwan’s involvement in the matter.
However, during an interview with a local news channel, Aalia clarified that Rizwan is not under investigation. She emphasized that Rizwan is not connected to this matter in any way, as players have a limited career span and need to invest the money they earn to ensure financial stability.
“Rizwan is not involved in this matter at all because a player has a limited career, and they need to invest the money they earn to be financially stable after their playing days are over. Even Inzamam would not have been questioned if he were not the chief selector,” Aalia stated.
Previously, the conflict of interest controversy had raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest, especially since Rehmani represents several prominent Pakistani cricketers, including Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi.