26 Feb 2015

Pakistan selector heading home

12:00 pm on 26 February 2015

Pakistan's increasingly troubled Cricket World Cup campaign took another turn for the worse when chief selector Moin Khan was ordered home to explain the circumstances of his visit to a Christchurch casino.

Moin Khan playing for Pakistan in 2001.

Moin Khan playing for Pakistan in 2001. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Shaharyar Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, says Moin behaved inappropriately at a time when the team were not doing well.

Khan says his return will not make a difference to the team's performance as he was not part of the official World Cup squad.

Khan says the former Test skipper says he went to the casino with friends for dinner.

Manager Naved Cheema will now chair the tour selection committee with captain Misbah-ul-Haq and head coach Waqar Younis.

Moin was removed as manager before the start of the tournament and Pakistan's campaign has gone on to be marred by controversy.

Eight players were fined for a late night out while, according to media reports, fielding coach Grant Luden has complained about the behaviour of some of the senior players.

The PCB and the squad have come under attack after losing the first two matches to fierce rivals India and West Indies, and also losing a one-day series in New Zealand.

The defeats have increased calls for the board and management to be changed.

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