The coach, Nadeem Iqbal, was a famous speed bowler during his competitive days.© Twitter
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended one of their national level coaches after a player alleged that he sexually abused her. The coach, Nadeem Iqbal of Multan, was a famous speed bowler in his competitive days and made his debut for the same team as the amazing bowler Waqar Younis. A PCB official confirmed that they have begun an investigation into the matter to find out if Nadeem violated his terms of employment with the board.
“Obviously we can’t do any of the criminal investigations that the police are supposed to do but our investigation will find out if he breached the terms of his contract with us.” this official said.
Nadeem, 50, who has played 80 first-place matches in his prime is considered a better pitcher than Waqar and in one game dropped seven shots across the National Bank team net in 20 runs in Karachi.
The victim complained to the police that she participated in the PCB women’s trial in Multan several years ago when Nadeem was one of the trainers.
“He befriended me with promises to choose me to be on the women’s team and invite me to the leadership team. But over time, he repeatedly sexually harassed me and also related to his friends. He also videotaped me and then proceeded to blackmail me,” she alleged in a video message.
In 2014, five young female cricketers accused officials of the private Multan Cricket Club of sexual harassment.
Cricket players told the media that officials from a famous cricket club affiliated with a district association demanded sexual favors in exchange for being selected to the team.
Last year, Yasir Shah, Pakistan’s Test footer, was also accused of assisting a friend in sexually assaulting a young girl and then threatening her.
The complainant later dropped the charges against Yasir but a lawsuit is still pending in court against his friend.
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