Moin escapes angry protesters at airport on his return

Karachi, PTI | Updated : 26 February 2015, 08:58 PM

Pakistan’s chief selector Moin Khan returned home from Australia today and escaped an embarrassing situation at the airport where a small group of protesters had gathered to vent their anger with eggs and banners.

Recalled from Australia by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for visiting a Casino in Christchurch a night before the match against the West Indies, Moin slipped out of the Karachi international airport terminal building with a friend sans any baggage and drove away hurriedly.

The former Pakistan captain preferred not to speak to the media waiting outside the terminal building and was seen also exchanging words with a youngster and a television channel reporter, who tried to film him and asked for comments.

Appearing visibly shaken and tense, Moin avoided a group of youngsters who had gathered outside the terminal building and raised slogans against him and also had brought eggs to pelt him.

One youngster when learnt that Moin had left the airport broke eggs on his own head.

PCB Chairman, Shaharyar Khan told reporters in Lahore that he would be meeting with Moin soon to find out his version and why he went to the Casino.

Moin who has held key positions in the board since last year on Wednesday publicly apologised for his actions and said while he had gone to only have dinner with some friends at the Casino but it was a bad error of judgement on his part.

“I just went there to have some food but in hindsight it was a bad decision and I regret it now. But everyone knows my career and I will be giving my version to the board soon,” Moin told Samaa Channel.

“The PCB has called me back and I respect their decision but I never knew my actions would have such serious repercussions,” Moin added.

The former wicketkeeper-batsman�s motive of visiting the Casino and his past has been attacked by some channels and former Test players such as Sarfaraz Nawaz, Abdul Qadir and Shahid Nazir.

While Nawaz on Thursday called for him to be blacklisted from Pakistan cricket Nazir said that the PCB should hold a judicial inquiry to find out the truth behind Moin going to the Casino.

“The PCB should have a full scale inquiry. Moin was a great player but a failure in administration and as selector,” Nazir said.

A sessions court in Lahore also ordered the Station House Officer of Islampura police station to submit a report whether action would be taken against Moin on legal grounds after an advocate submitted a petition in the court seeking action against the former captain.

Pakistan’s former captain, Aamir Sohail said that Moin had chosen the wrong time to visit the Casino and was paying the price for his blunder.

First Published: Thursday, February 26, 2015 08:02 PM
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