Pakistan news May 31, 2011

PCB suspends Afridi contract

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The PCB has responded to Shahid Afridi's retirement by suspending his central contract and putting together a showcause notice detailing several breaches of the code of conduct, which he will be expected to respond to within a week.

Announcing his retirement to a TV channel, the board said in a press release, was in itself a breach of Clause 2.1.4 of the Central Contract dealing with Covenants of the Cricketer.

Afridi's criticism of the board officials in the same interview to Geo TV also constituted a breach. "In passing disparaging remarks about the board and its officials, Shahid Afridi is in breach of Clause 4.4 dealing with Media obligations.

"A showcause notice has been issued to him seeking his explanation on these comments. Afridi has been asked to respond to the letter within seven days. His Central Contract has been suspended with immediate effect. Consequently, all NOCs granted to him have been revoked. All payments on account of Central Contract have been suspended."

A day after Afridi's outburst against the administration on TV, and his decision to not play international cricket under this board, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said he was "disappointed" by the remarks and that the "retirement" was not an issue at all.

"It was disappointing to hear what he said," Butt told ESPNcricinfo, "and it wasn't correct or true. It was wrong of him to do that. If he doesn't want to play under this administration, then he's welcome. We've detailed several instances where he has breached the code of conduct and will issue a showcause notice to him, which he has seven days to respond to."

Senior board officials spent much of the day in a budget meeting, but the issue of Afridi was a live one throughout. The board took legal advice before acting on the suspension of the contract, as well as the withdrawal of the NOCs given to him for a T20 stint with Hampshire, and one for his participation in the upcoming Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL).

Afridi was sent a separate showcause notice earlier this month for comments he made on his return to Pakistan from the Caribbean about the team management, remarks which landed him in trouble in the first place. Disciplinary action, if any, is pending on that notice as well.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on June 3, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Ijaz Butt is the most harmful administrator for PCB what no one did last 2/3 years. I can say that he is the destroyer of Pakistan's performane what they gain earlier. I don't support his way of administration to the Pakistani players. He has intention always to sack or pull out the players from the squad which is causing huge loss for Pakistan cricket team in abroad. It's not only the solution to terminate, sack or pull out the players who has some sorts of problems through his eye. If he is a good administrator then he will not do anything whenever and whatever he likes. Shaheed Afridi is a real good leader/captain in the all ODI's for the Pakistani team right now who led the team very successfully in the last WC. Some of the leaders from different sectors of the pakistan is destroying everything day by day. Some one has to take the ownership/leadership to stop so called things if they want to see that Pakistan has gained again name and fame in all sectors.

  • majid_khan84 on June 2, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    what are you doing butt.you destroying pakistan cricket please quit the post of pcb

  • dummy4fb on June 2, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Remove Ijaz Butt and everything in the PCB would be fine.

  • cricket_ftw on June 2, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    Not a surprise at all ...

  • rohanblue on June 1, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    proof that pakistan cricket is nt moving, afridi and abdur razzaq still 31 ?????

  • Blueangle on June 1, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Well this is the time for Mr. BUTT to go for the good of Pakistan Cricket. God know how many top performers have been humiliated by this PCB administration in last three year. AND here is a lesson for Mr. AFRIDI and many others who will come after him. "IF you come from the back door, you will leave in disgrace". Dont forget that he was instrumental in forcing YK to relinquish captaincy when he with a group of players(six i guess) met with Butt and complained that players are not happy with YK. I am sure Afridi will be sorry for what he did to YK at that time BUT its too late now.

  • bigdhonifan on June 1, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    I am a fan of Afridi... Afridi can go to Afganisthan and play for them... He can provide them international status.... He will get respect there!

  • dummy4fb on June 1, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Time has come for Mr.Ijaz Butt to leave PCB he already done more damaged than anybody else.He not even feel guilt inside what he is doing for pakistan cricket.For Allah Sake just go home enjoy family life play with your grand children you already touching 80's.Take blessing not hatred from people of pakistan and around the world.We are already feel shame can't face other nations to tell them what happening to Pakistan and Pakistan cricket.Why one man rule and destroy everything we all want to best for Pakistan.Why all our legends cricketers left paksitan and live in other countries because we don't treat them right afyer there retirement this is major fault in our nation.They only praise when they are doing well.After there cricket over they treat like you were nothing.Why i left my country because of same reason.I still want pakistan to be a great country to remember.We have did a great contribution towards cricket and its administration for world cricket.So every cricket nation help.

  • bennybar on June 1, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    CAN SOMEONE SEND THESE COMMENTS TO THE SPORTS MINISTER OR SOMEONE WITH SIMILAR CAPACITY TO PUT SOME SENSE AND REMOVE IJAZ BUTT? I'M AN INDIAN BUT WAS VERY SAD FOR THE YOUNG AMIR AND PAKISTAN CRICKET AND PAKISTAN CRICKET FANS. IJAZ MADE THAT SITUATION AS WORSE AS IT COULD GET. NOW THIS AFRIDI ISSUE. AFRIDI IS HOT TEMPERED BUT THAT IS NOT A MAJOR ISSUE. THE REAL ISSUE IS IJAZ BUTT. REMOVE HIM AND THE WORLD WILL SEE A BETTER PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM

  • dummy4fb on June 1, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    like KP Afridi should leave pakistan and play for another country where he can get the respect he deserves, Australia is in need for a quality spinner..

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