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Faisal Iqbal reinstated as Balochistan coach after issuance of NOC by PIA
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Faisal Iqbal reinstated as Balochistan coach after issuance of NOC by PIA

Faisal Iqbal has been allowed to rejoin Balochistan First XI as the team's head coach for the National T20 Cup after being earlier withdrawn from the post owing to an issue pertaining to his parent organisation, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

Iqbal's matter was under investigation by the PIA, who were looking into alleged discrepancies in his matriculation certification submitted back in 2003.

The problem has been promptly resolved with Iqbal being granted the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from PIA in time to take over the reins of the side for the upcoming tournament.

“The PCB is pleased Faisal Iqbal has promptly and swiftly resolved an ongoing matter that could have resulted in his distraction during an important period for his side and the tournament," said Junaid Zia, PCB's General Manager of domestic cricket.

"Hopefully, Faisal will now fully focus on the job in hand and make a meaningful contribution as head coach of the Balochistan cricket team,” he added.

Iqbal had been reprimanded for breaking the coronavirus protocols last week alongside assistant coach Wasim Haider when the two made a visit outside their bio-secure environment. He is now undergoing self-isolation in Muridke and will join the squad in Multan on Saturday.

Iqbal's stint as Balochistan's coach will add to his burgeoning coaching portfolio, having served in Karachi Kings' backroom staff across two editions of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The 38-year-old boasts a glittering first class record with 28 centuries to his name over a two-decade-long career.

Balochistan will play the opening game of their National T20 Cup campaign against Sindh on October 1. Their team harbours the presence of domestic stalwarts in Imran Farhat and Awais Zia, and a couple of high-profile signings like Imam-ul-Haq and skipper Haris Sohail in the batting department.