Karachi:Sports Minister Pir Aftab Shah Jillani has called for a high-level independent probe into the Oval Test fiasco in 2006 which, he feels, triggered the decline of Pakistan cricket.
Speaking at a book launching ceremony, the minister said although the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had appointed a probe committee, he would like to see a high-level and powerful panel probing into the incident.
"I think we should have a committee of independent people who can tell us who was responsible for a fiasco which has had negative repercussions on Pakistan cricket," Jillani said.
The PCB has appointed a committee headed by former opener Aamer Sohail to look into the incident after the ICC once again reverted the result of the controversial match against England to a forfeited win for the home side.
Jillani said the committee should find out who was responsible for an incident that tainted Pakistan cricket and still continues to haunt the side.
"Who was responsible? Was it the captain, the team management or the board officials we need to know. I don't agree with this view that what is done is done and let's move on. How can we move on unless we don't know the truth and don't learn from our mistakes?" Jillani said.
The minister said he believed Pakistan's decline started from the Oval Test incident.
"Cricket has to be played according to the rules and we should not have challenged the umpires. I think the ICC has done the right thing by reversing the result once again because rules are rules for every country," he said.
Jillani also pledged his full support to PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt, saying that the government had confidence in him and in his ability to steer Pakistan cricket out of trouble.
"We also need to be patient with the board give them some time to deliver, we cannot expect overnight results," he said.