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Faisal Iqbal removed as Balochistan coach over pending PIA inquiry
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Faisal Iqbal removed as Balochistan coach over pending PIA inquiry

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has withdrawn newly appointed Balochistan First XI coach Faisal Iqbal from the upcoming National T20 Cup over an issue relating to his inability to obtain an NOC from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

Iqbal is reportedly facing an inquiry from his employers PIA regarding inconsistencies in the matriculation certificate submitted to the organisation in 2003.

"The PCB said it would be unfair on Faisal Iqbal as well on his side and the tournament if he competed in a major domestic tournament until he had resolved and settled the matter with his parent organisation," the board said in a media release.

"The PCB added Faisal Iqbal would be reintegrated with his domestic side as soon as PIA gave him a clean chit along with a No Objection Certificate (NOC)."

In the meantime, Iqbal's deputy Wasim Haider has been named the interim head coach of the Haris Sohail-captained side for the T20 tournament.

The PCB had recently asked all domestic players and coaches under its payroll to procure NOCs from their respective parent organisations in order to enjoy the perks for the 2020-21 season.

Last week, Iqbal came under fire for violating the coronavirus protocols set by the PCB. He was accompanied by assistant coach Wasim when the two travelled outside their bio-secure environment in Muridke on the final day of their quarantine period.

Iqbal and Wasim were asked to extend their self-isolation by five days and were going to undergo Covid-19 tests before being allowed to reintegrate with the squad. The National T20 Cup will be staged in Multan and Rawalpindi from September 30 to October 18 and will mark the commencement of the domestic season.

Iqbal, nephew of the legendary Javed Miandad, was part of the wave of domestic appointments made by the PCB this season.

He boasts a long and successful career at the first class level but could not match the volume of runs in international cricket. Iqbal was unable to establish himself as a regular in the Pakistan side and could get only 26 Test and 18 ODI appearances across nine years.

Prior to his selection as the Balochistan First XI coach, Iqbal assisted Pakistan Super League franchise Karachi Kings in the batting department.