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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

PCB issues show cause notice to Afridi

Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday came hard on controversial former captain, Shahid Afridi and issued a show cause notice to him for announcing retirement in protest against the Board accusing it of humiliating him.

Besides Afridi’s central contract has been suspended with immediate effect. Consequently, all NOCs granted to him have been revoked and all payments on account of Central Contract have been suspended.

“He was in breach of players code of conduct and that is why he has been issued a show cause notice for his criticism on PCB and its present set up”, said Chairman, COB, Mohammad Ijaz Butt.

PCB Chief avoided a volley of questions from awaiting media as soon as he came out of his office at Gadaffi stadium, confining himself to a short statement.

“PCB is authorised to get an explanation from him (Afridi) the way he has acted while announcing his retirement from the game”, he said.

An emotional and charged Afridi announced his resignation last night in London saying “ There is nothing bigger than a man’s respect, and the way the board has treated me, there is a limit to everything,”

“Whatever decision he has made, PCB has accepted it”, said Chairman PCB.

When Ijaz Butt’s attention was drawn to the statement of Afridi in which he said that he was ready to reverse his decision if and when a new board comes into power, the Chairman PCB welcomed it by saying “ We have no objection on it he can give it a try for a hundred times “.

Later in the evening ,PCB in a statement said that PCB has initiated action against Afridi in response to the following breaches he has committed under the Central Contract signed with PCB: By announcing his retirement in the manner that he did Shahid Afridi is in breach of Clause 2.1.4 of the Central Contract dealing with Covenants of the Cricketer.

In passing disparaging remarks about the board and its officials Afridi is in breach of Clause 4.4 dealing with Media obligations,

Following disciplinary actions have been initiated against Afridi by PCB:A show cause notice has been issued to him seeking his explanation on these comments. Afridi has been asked to respond to the letter within 7 days of receipt of the same.

His Central Contract has been suspended with immediate effect. Consequently, all NOCs granted to him have been revoked and all payments on account of Central Contract have been suspended.

Meanwhile, former test cricketers blamed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for mishandling Shahid Afridi issue which led to his retirement from international cricket.

Former Chief Selector and left arm spinner Iqbal Qasim, ex- wicketkeeper/batsman Salim Yousuf and ex-test paceman Jalaliddin said poor handling of issue created another embarassment for PCB and Pakistan cricket.

“I think Afridi shouldn’t have crossed the line at first. But if he had made the mistake being the captain, PCB should have handled it in proper professional manner,” Iqbal Qasim told APP in a reaction to Shahid Afridi’s retirement from international cricket on Tuesday.

“Pakistan cricket is already suffering from various problems and PCB-Afridi issue made us laughing stock in the world,” he said.

Iqbal Qasim, who had taken 999 wickets in first class cricket said, Afridi is an aggressive player and carries the same nature when he comes into media. He said Afridi, soon after arrival from West Indies should have met PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt to explain his position and other problems and sorted the issue internally.

He said Shahid Afridi definitely led Pakistan from the front during the Cricket World Cup and 21 wickets were key to take his team into the semifinals.

Shahid Afridi went through lean patch during the Caribbean trip where he could manage to score only 28 runs and just two wickets in five match One-day International series.

He also expressed his surprise to see veteran Intikhab Alam handling the issue then and there in West Indies.

“Afridi’s sacking as a skipper hurt his ego which eventually led to conformation, he commented.

Iqbal Qasim expressed the hope that PCB will not allow the situation got out of hand.

Former Pakistan Test paceman Jalaluddin blamed PCB and touring manangement for handling the issue poorly that eventually caused furore.

“Incomptency within PCB is the main problem which has taken Pakistan cricket beyond repair,” he commented. He said board is lacking in consistency in all policy matters as reflected during the past three years.

Salim Yousuf said PCB’s decisions in the past one year had been very inconsistent as they reverted many of them which created doubts in the mind of keen cricket followers.

He described the present PCB set-up as weak decision maker which caused more indiscipline in the cricket.

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