Islamabad - Pakistan U-17 squad member Zohaib Khan has leveled serious allegations against District Swabi secretary Sultan Hayat and wrote a letter to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar M Khan seeking justice.

Talking to The Nation, opening batsman Zohaib said: “I toured with Pakistan U-17 cricket team to UAE to play series against England U-17, but unfortunately, I broke my right hand while batting against Umar in the nets. I returned without playing a single match. I had also traveled to Kenya with the national U-19 team but was a reserve player. I was also the part of national U-19 team against Afghanistan during Lahore series as reserve player. After my return from UAE, when I rejoined my club Golden Star, my coach Sultan Hayat started abusing me without any reason and demanded his share from the UAE tour.”

“Aqib another guy, who plays for the same club and had toured with U-19 team had given Rs 20,000 after returning from the tour and he was expecting same from me. I told him that I didn’t play a single match, but he was not ready to listen to any argument and warned me of dire consequences and not only dropped me from representing Golden Star Cricket Club, but also threatened to drop me from district team. If I fail to perform even in a single match, he also warned me that he would strip me from the right of representing Abbottabbad Region in U-19 domestic tournaments,” he added.

“I tried my level best to convince him, but he was not ready to listen to my logical arguments and continued abusing me. He also took away bat, kit and other things from my possession. I was very frightened and was left with no other option but to bring my case into the notice of the PCB chairman. I had written a detailed letter to the PCB chief some 3 or 4 days back and now I am waiting for his positive reply. I am hopeful the justice will be done and Sultan Hayat will be taken to task,” he hoped.

Zohaib also requested Abbottabad Region president Zahid Saeed to take notice of the entire issue and give exemplary punishment to the culprit so no one could dare to repeat or even think of doing so in future.

When this scribe contacted Abbottabad Region president Zahid Saeed to seek his point of view, he replied: “Yes, I received a complaint from Zohaib. I told him to file his complaint in writing so I could take action, but he has directly sent a letter to the PCB chairman. I promise to bring the culprit to task and if found guilty, he would not spare no matter how influential the culprit is and provide justice where it belongs.”

When this scribe contacted Sultan Hayat for his point of view, he completely denied all the allegations leveled against him and termed Zohaib was used by someone against him and he was speaking someone else language. “The matter of the fact is that Zohaib started playing cricket from his club. I provided him bat, kit and all other things free of cost, but he himself refused to play club and district cricket and wanted to concentrate on Regional cricket tournaments. I am running this club in Swabi for the last 15 years or so. I have great passion and sheer love for cricket and I have never taken a single penny from any player and provided stuff from my own pocket.”

When asked about did he take money from Aaqib, Sultan said: “No I didn’t take any money from Aaqib. His elder brother hosted dinner in honor of the club and some others. If proven guilty of any allegations leveled against me, I am ready to face the music, but my hands are neat and clean. I never stopped him from playing club or any other form of cricket, yes I did ask him to clear Rs 1500 dues he owes against kit and Rs 300 for club fee, but it has nothing to do with bribe rather it was purely my right to get the dues cleared,” Sultan concluded.

Meanwhile, the inside sources have confirmed that there were a lot of complaints to the visiting teams who played matches in Swabi, as a lot of thefts were witnessed, the players lost expensive bats, spikes and written complaints were lodged to the PCB in this regard and also to Swabi District president Aamir Nawab, but to no avail. The PCB was left with no other option after a series of complaints but not to allocate matches to Swabi, as a very close relative of Aamir Nawab was the coordinator of Swabi ground and no action was taken against him despite a number of complaints.

The sources said Sultan Hayat was the manager of Abbottabad Region team during the last national One-day championship, where he was given kit bags and other stuff, which instead of distributing amongst players or top performers, he sold out all the stuff which was a grave injustice and when he was asked not to do so, he said he had accepted manager job to get something not for distributing.