Pakistan's inquiry committee report March 10, 2010

Rana, Malik get one-year bans, Younis and Yousuf axed from teams

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The PCB has struck against its players with a venom unseen in recent memory, carrying out the deepest cull of a senior cricket team in many years and banning and fining seven of its top players after the side's disastrous, winless tour of Australia. It has banned Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf, from playing for Pakistan in any format for an indefinite period, while handing out one-year bans to Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan. Shahid Afridi and the Akmal brothers were fined Rs2-3 million [$24,000-35,000] for various misdemeanours and put on six-month probations.

Action had been expected once details of the inquiry committee's report recommendations were leaked in the press on Monday and Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, had followed it up by saying "more than significant action" would be taken against players. While the punishments for Malik, Rana, Afridi and the Akmal brothers were expected, the action against Yousuf and Younis has caught most people off-guard.

"Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, keeping in view their infighting which resulted in bringing down the whole team, their attitude has a trickledown effect which is a bad influence for the whole team should not be part of national team in any format," the board said in its statement issued on Wednesday.

The PCB has stopped short of calling the punishment a life ban. "They will not be part of any Pakistan team in any format from here on," Taffazul Rizvi, the board's legal advisor told Cricinfo. "A life ban means they cannot play domestic cricket or any other similar cricket, but we are not stopping them from that. They can play domestic cricket or county cricket here and abroad."

Typically there was confusion and the board later appeared to climb down by clarifying that this was not the end of their careers. In a statement released at least six hours after the original release, the board said, "that the recommendation of the Committee is not a life ban on these cricketers. There is no specified term in the recommendation for these two players. As and when the PCB deems appropriate, these players will be considered for selection for the national team."

Rizvi refused to elaborate on the nature of the pair's cases, but it is believed that the board had generally had enough with the two. Younis twice stepped down from the captaincy last year with player unrest against his leadership the underlying cause both times. Yousuf's sins are equally unclear, other than that he led a winless tour to Australia and engaged thereafter in a public battle with Malik.

The cases of indiscipline that have led to one-year bans on Malik and Rana, similarly, have not been expanded upon. "Rana Naved ul Hasan and Shoaib Malik be fined Rupees Two million. They should not be part of national team in any format for a period of one year."

Malik's name has figured persistently at the centre of speculation over the last year in inciting player unrest within the team, though nothing substantial has appeared in public to back that up. "We cannot discuss the specifics of the incident as we are under oath," Rizvi said. "But obviously we have taken action after much consideration and based on solid information."

In contrast, the cases of Akmal brothers and Shahid Afridi are straightforward. The brothers were fined for their behavior in the aftermath of the Sydney Test; Kamran was dropped by the board but insisted publicly he would be selected in the run-up to the third Test. Younger brother Umar was alleged to have feigned an injury to not play the Test in protest, though he did eventually play. Kamran has been fined Rs 3 million, Umar Rs 2 million and the pair are on probation.

Afridi was punished for the ball-biting incident in the Perth ODI, where he was captain. He has already been punished by the ICC, who immediately gave him a two-match ban. "For the shameful act of Shahid Khan Afridi, which has brought the game and country into disrepute, he be fined Rupees 3 million," the board said. "A warning be issued to him by the Chairman PCB and he be put on probation for 06 months, during which his conduct be strictly monitored."

The bans were handed down by an inquiry committee which comprised former players Wasim Bari, Zakir Khan and Yawar Saeed, besides Wazir Ali Khoja, a member of the PCB governing council, and Rizvi. The committee held hearings on February 12th, 13th and the 27th, and looked into reports from former coach Intikhab Alam, manager Abdul Raqeeb and newly appointed coach Waqar Younis, who was the bowling consultant during the Australia tour. Besides the players who were punished, the committee questioned Intikhab, Raqeeb, opener Salman Butt, assistant coach Aaqib Javed, the physio Faisal Hayat and the PCB's cricket analyst Mohammad Talha.

Attention will turn now to how the players will respond. Legal action or appeals will be a consideration though Rizvi insisted the board was on solid ground. "We are on good ground with this," he said. "The PCB has done it thinking it is the right thing to do. It sets an example for the future."

As a whole, the action is almost unparalleled in even Pakistan's troubled history. The 2000 Justice Qayyum report had similar repercussions but that was about the graver concerns of corruption. This cull has been carried out, ostensibly, in a bid to curb indiscipline and player power.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on March 11, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    My dear pakistan cricketer what happening to you.we are become a laughing stock.Wake up my legend cricketer Hanif Mohammad/Majid Khan/Mushataq Mohmmad/Intaikab Alam/Imran Khan/Asif Iqbal/Sarfraz Nawaz/Zaheer abbas/javed Miandad/iqbal Qasim/Abdul Qadir/Wasim akram/Waqar Younis/Rashid Latif/Saeed Anwer and others.We have everything to take care of pakistan cricket.Only we need to work as we not me.Stop blaming each other do something for the country.Pakistan need all of you.My dream is to see all legend cricketer to sit togather and show to pakistan people that we are togather to save pakistan cricket.Start take cricket to village/town and cities.Take care of poor and middle class crcketer.When i was playing cricket for muslim commercial Bank before i played for karachi and sind.When i left cricket i had salary 22,000 rupees in 1988-the major problem is not taking care poor and midde class cricketer.How these cricketer play when they don't have economic security.Wake up management.

  • dummy4fb on March 11, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    we will be good not to say idiots to whom decided the punishments until they justify what based on the decions were made. But i am not sure who this happened, if Yunis was banned as he quit the job as captain so PCB felt it was a guilty as not been represting his country so he was banned.if it Ok then how Yusuf was banned? as he took the captancy and accepted to lead his country. if he was banned for something different, then why Yunis was banned? I felt Yunis thought it was a time where he need to be good, not involving in many issues which the PCB is supposed to do, since PCB didnt do any, he was right, to quit the job for a while.......this is a another problem, why Yunis and Yusuf was banned life time while Malik was banned for just year when many knew he has done something wrong to the cricket of pakistan from more than a year. what people knew Yunis and Yusuf did bad for pakistan cricket? while Malik and Akmal brothers did many to their own benifits what Yunis or Yusuf did bad?

  • WesPaul on March 11, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Poor Yousuf, he even gave up his religion to captain Pakistan Cricket team

  • deardr on March 11, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    I personally feel that if these players were really guilty of indiscipline,misconduct,grouping or anything which could harm the image of country then PCB has done right thing,nothing is more important than playing for country.Moreover Pakistan has got great talent,it only needs a bit of more exploration.PCB should select best players,give a chance to few best players from under-19 and also PCB must consider great players from recently held national T20 teams as part of future National team. Although for some people this PCB's decision is shocking but i believe it will pave the way for those who are really patriotic for country,but i must also add that this PCB's decision must be in real interests for the country and inquiry committee must clearly present evidences to people of Pakistan for their disciplinary actions.

  • ManHOOS on March 11, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    very good decision i am 110 percent sure now team will fight atleast

  • dummy4fb on March 11, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Hats off to you PCB although the decision is bit harsh, it was a brave and wise decision. Everyone says no individuel is bigger than team, but when individuels play for their own selfish interest it reqires guts to take this kind of decison. Well done PCB. NO ONE IS BIGGER THAN GAME!

  • dummy4fb on March 11, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    shahid afridi should be banned for life bringing disgrace to pakistan i agree with PCB DECISION

  • tuhiny on March 11, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    a lot of you are talking about how good the banned players are and how bad pakistan will do without them. But if they are trouble, would Pakistan not be better off without them? Respect for others is a big lesson not only in cricket, but in life.

  • dummy4fb on March 11, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    What's going on???????Pakistan's cricket turmoil just never looks to stop!!!!!!!

  • dummy4fb on March 11, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Guy i think the problem is in both PCB and the spectators as well, a player act in a stupid way in his team, on the field, we blame the management; if management takes action; we again blame dm to do so; banning dese players frm cricket is a harsh but good decision, they shld bring 1 captain for next 3 4 years either they win or lose, otherwise PCB will be in crisis at the end of every tour

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