The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to sanction former Test cricketer and Balochistan head coach Faisal Iqbal.
According to reports, the cricket board has decided to serve Faisal Iqbal with a show-cause notice for coaching in the Abu Dhabi T-10 League without prior permission from the administration.
According to reports, Iqbal withdrew from the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy due to mental fatigue. Instead of taking the rest, the former top-order batsman headed to Abu Dhabi to coach the Northern Warriors.
A PCB spokesperson confirmed that an investigation was underway against him because he left the country without obtaining a No Objection Certificate (NOC), a contract violation.
The show-cause notice would be sent to him soon, according to the spokesperson, for violations of more than one clause.
This is not the first time he has been involved in a controversy. He was previously fired as the head coach of the Balochistan team in September 2020 due to a PIA investigation. When he represented the department in the domestic circuit in 2003, he was accused of submitting a forged matriculation certificate. The PCB stated in a press release that it was ‘withdrawing’ Faisal Iqbal until the PIA gave him a “clean chit along with a NOC.”
According to the PCB, the decision was made after he admitted that the PIA was “looking into a matter” concerning his employment.
He was reinstated to his position, however, within a week of obtaining a NOC from the national airline.