LAHORE - In the battle of power going on between former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi and current chairman Shaharyar M Khan, the latest move favoured the former who managed to get a clean chit for chief selector Moin Khan.

The inside sources told this scribe that Shaharyar Khan wanted to punish Moin for the casino case, which brought bad name to country and was also one of the reasons behind Pakistan team’s defeat against the West Indies, but due to influential Najam Sethi’s intervention and backing, Moin managed to get clean chit from the cricket board.”

“The game of power is also on in the cricket board and both Sethi and Shaharyar are using their energies to fortify their powers and its recent example was seen over team/players selection for the mega event,” the sources added.

Talking to the reporters here at the Gaddafi Stadium Tuesday, PCB chairman Shahryar Khan declared ‘chapter closed’ in the Moin Khan 'casino controversy' after a formal apology from the chief selector. Moin met the PCB chief to clarify his visit to the casino, during mega event of World Cup 2015.

Shahryar said the PCB investigation found nothing contrary to Moin's statement that he had visited the casino in Christchurch, New Zealand, to have dinner with friends. "He realises that it was inappropriate to have visited a casino ahead of Pakistan's match against the West Indies. But he reiterated that he only had dinner over there and nothing else. He also admitted that, perhaps, a casino was not the right place to have dinner and apologised. This chapter is now closed," Shahryar said.

“Moin has not played in casino and left the venue after having dinner with his wife and friend,” Shaharyar said.

As per details, the meeting went on for about 40 minutes, however, Moin Khan avoided facing media. Responding to a question, the PCB chief stated that the former wicketkeeper would not be going back to Australia for World Cup event.

Earlier, Moin Khan was caught by a Pakistani couple while enjoying in New Zealand’s casino a day before Pakistan and West Indies match. Team manager Naveed Akram Cheema was given the responsibility to unearth the reality. After receiving the report from the team manager declaring Moin guilty, PCB called back the chief selector to submit his explanation. Khan's expulsion from the World Cup was not a first for Pakistan at a mega-event.