PCB suspends Nadeem Iqbal over Charges of Sexual harassment

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PCB suspends Nadeem Iqbal over Charges of Sexual harassment

PCB on Saturday suspended Pakistan’s former pacer, Nadeem Iqbal over pending charges of alleged misconduct. Iqbal who has been a coach in the Southern Punjab region of Pakistan got suspended over the charges of sexual harassment which came under PCB’s notice last week.

PCB has initiated an inquiry into the matter to figure out whether Nadeem has breached his terms of employment with the board.

“Obviously we can’t carry out any criminal investigation that is for the police to do but our inquiry will find out if he was in breach of his terms of the contract with us,” the official said.

The victim has also lodged a police complaint which states that she went for the PCB women’s team’s trials in Multan some years ago when Nadeem was one of the coaches. She accused Nadeem of sexually molesting her over the promise of getting her employed with the board.

“He got close to me with promises of selecting me for the women’s team and also getting me employment on the board. But over time he kept on sexually molesting me and also involved his friends. He also had my videotaped and later kept on blackmailing me,” she alleged in a video message.

The matter is currently under Police investigation & the charges imposed on Iqbal haven’t been proved yet.

Iqbal & the legendary pacer Waqar Younis played together in domestic cricket in the late 80s & 90s. During that period Iqbal was seen as a more promising prospect to shine on the International forefront due to his ability to swing the new ball. However, he was never been able to feature in International cricket. Iqbal played his last match of Professional cricket in March 2004 where he finished his career by scalping 258 wickets in 80 first-class matches and 65 wickets in 49 List A matches.

Iqbal was appointed as the coach of the Southern Punjab Region by a previous PCB administration. Although he remained on the board’s payroll, he hadn’t been involved in any of the numerous coaching programmes which PCB runs for the last couple of years.

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