The coach, Nadeem Iqbal, was a well-known pace setter during his playing days.©Twitter
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended one of its national level coaches after a player alleged he sexually assaulted her. The coach, Nadeem Iqbal from the Multan area, was a well known pace bowler during his time playing and made his first class debut for the same team as the great fast bowling champion Waqar Younis. A PCB official confirmed that they have opened an investigation into the matter to find out if Nadeem breached his terms of employment with the board.
“Obviously, we cannot conduct any criminal investigation against the police, but our investigation will determine whether he breached the terms of his contract with us,” the official said.
Nadeem, 50, who bowled 80 top class matches was at his peak considered a better bowler than even Waqar and in one match took seven wickets to knock out the National Bank team for 20 runs in Karachi.
In a police complaint, the victim claimed that she went to the PCB Women’s Trials in Multan a few years ago when Nadeem was one of the coaches.
“He approached me promising to select me for the women’s team and get me a job on the board. But over time he continued to sexually assault me and also his friends involved. He also filmed me and then continued 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.
The cricketers have told the media that officials at the famous District Association-affiliated cricket club demanded sexual favors in return for selection to the squad.
Last year, Yasir Shah, the Pakistani leg test player, was also accused of helping a friend sexually assault a young girl and later threatening her.
The plaintiff later dropped the charges against Yasir, but a case is still pending in court against his friend.
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