28 Sep 2010

Pakistan cricket manager asks to be 'relieved of duties'

11:34 am on 28 September 2010

The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed Yawar Saeed has stepped down as manager of the national team following Pakistan's controversial tour of England.

The PCB says Saeed had asked the board chairman if he could be relieved of his duties.

Saeed has come in for severe criticism for his handling of team affairs on the tour of England, which was marred by corruption allegations.

The Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and team mates Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were suspended by the International Cricket Council after newspaper allegations that they had deliberately arranged for no-balls to be delivered at last month's fourth Test.

The ICC also launched an investigation into suspicious scoring patterns by Pakistan in the third one dayer, which the visitors won.

The 75-year-old Saeed managed the Pakistan team on numerous tours since the 1970s and was a member of the inquiry committee that probed into the team's poor performances in Australia early this year that led to the banning and fining of seven players.