Five Pakistani women cricketers have reportedly been banned for six months by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after an investigation revealed that they falsely accused the male officials of their club of sexual harassment in a television show.
The women cricketers from the central Multan region had accused their club chairman and a team selector of demanding sexual favours in return for their selection in the regional and national teams although the officials denied the allegations.
According to the Daily Times, the PCB set up an inquiry to look into the allegations, which after an investigation, finally ruled that the five players should be banned for six months with effect from October 23 this year.
According to a PCB spokesman, when questioned by the committee three of the five women denied having been sexually harassed or having seen such harassment taking place while the other two women declined to present their case at the inquiry, adding that the questioned women are serving a penalty or ban for various offences.
The report mentioned that the Multan District Cricket Association has also been censured by the PCB and asked to ensure that all clubs registered with them follow the regulations and disciplinary procedures of PCB.
The convener of the probe committee and manager of Pakistan women's cricket, Ayesha Ashaar, said that the five women would be kept under probation for a period of one year after which the evaluation of their conduct will be made.