Pakistan suspend Test selector Ilyas over Afridi acrimony

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The Pakistan Cricket Board has suspended the selector Mohammad Ilyas for his role in the growing feud with the former captain Shahid Afridi.

Ilyas has been called to face a PCB disciplinary panel after not giving "satisfactory" reponses to two notices from the board relating to separate appearances in the Pakistan media this month.

The first notice related to an appearance on a 3 June television programme, on which the banned former captain Salman Butt was part of a panel, discussing Afridi's conditional retirement.

Ilyas has also been charged for comments made on a radio station on Monday when he hit back at criticisms from Afridi about his role as a selector.

"The contract of Mr Mohammad Ilyas with PCB has been suspended with immediate effect for violating Clauses 8 and 9 [of that contract]," a board statement read. "Show-cause notices were issued to Mr Ilyas on 3 June and 6 June [and] his reply was not found satisfactory as it was observed that he participated in a talk show despite being warned. His case will now be referred to the PCB disciplinary committee."

Ilyas's appearance alongside Butt looks the more serious charge as under International Cricket Council regulations no board member can interact with a banned player.

Butt was banned for 10 years, five of which were suspended, earlier this year for his role in the spot-fixing controversy which overshadowed Pakistan's tour of England last summer.