Pakistan news May 29, 2010

Shoaib Malik's one-year ban lifted


Shoaib Malik's appeal against the punishment handed out to him by the PCB earlier this year has been "partially accepted" by an independent arbitration tribunal, which has overturned his one-year ban and halved his Rs 2 million fine.

"The board's legal advisor has reported to me that after monitoring Malik in the last three months they feel he has improved his behavior and attitude," Irfan Qadir, the arbitrator, said. "I have decided to uphold his appeal and lift the ban as the purpose of disciplinary action against players was to make them rethink about their careers."

Malik was relieved after the decision and said the purpose behind his appeal was to "clear this stigma" against his name.

"His appeal has been partially accepted," the PCB's legal advocate Talib Rizvi told Cricinfo. "The ban has been lifted and his fine has been halved. The board has the right to review the decision but as of now he is eligible to play for Pakistan again."

"I am very happy that with the blessings of Allah my stand has been vindicated and all the baseless charges and allegations have been quashed," Malik, 28, said in a statement. "It's a sort of new life for me and I am very happy."

The charge against Malik was never clearly explained by the inquiry committee that decided on the punishment but it was widely thought to be for what a number of management officials and players called his negative influence on the side. This was confirmed in a subsequently leaked video of the inquiry committee meetings, in which Malik's role within the squad was blasted by a number of players including Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Yousuf.

Qadir, a retired judge, will now send a report to the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt, who will put the decisions in front of the board of governors. "We're going according to our constitution which says an appeal can be filed in such cases," Butt told Cricinfo. "I will now receive the report from the arbitrator and then put it up in front of the board of governors for their approval."

Though Butt refused to say so, it is expected he will approve the findings and that the board of governors will ratify it as well, thus removing legal obstacles from the way of Malik's potential return. Malik was named in the list of 35 probables for Pakistan's next two assignments, in Sri Lanka for the Asia Cup and then a long summer tour to England, but it is unlikely he will make the cut for the first task. The 15-man squad for the Asia Cup is to be picked in the first week of June and the governing board's next meeting is likely to be after that.

The decision also paves the way for some of the other players' punishments to be reduced or removed. The board has eased its stance in recent days against the punished players. Butt first told a national assembly meeting that he would review the punishments again before lavishly praising Younis Khan - another player punished by his board. Younis' hearing, which was due to take place immediately after Malik's, was adjourned to June 5.

Malik's relief, Cricinfo understands, is part of an agreement the board has reached already with at least three other players. According to board sources, like Malik, Afridi and the Akmal brothers will also see their monetary fines cut by half. Of the other players punished, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan's next hearing is scheduled for June 19, while no dates have yet been set for Afridi and the Akmal brothers.

When and if players such as Malik and Younis return - and if Mohammad Yousuf comes back from retirement - questions are likely to be asked about how cordial Pakistan's dressing room will be, given the startling levels of mistrust and disunity in the side. The PCB says they have given the team's manager Yawar Saeed and other officials greater authority in clamping down against any future incidents.

"I have instructed the team manager and other officials including the captain that any act of indiscipline, any such problem, and they have my full backing in immediately sending a player back," Butt said. "They need not even refer the case to me, they can send the player back immediately as they will have full authority to do so."

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • mohaamed on June 5, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    why he come back for making more money in pakistan you do any thing no one stop you keep it up mailk no one stop you

  • Cricket on June 1, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    The statement comes as "The board's legal advisor has reported to me that after monitoring Malik in the last three months they feel he has improved his behavior and attitude,"

    Whats is this.... A Joke??? I mean I thought they were supposed to monitoring players who were on probationary period and not those serving a ban.... Come to think about it.... how do monitor a player on ban??? PCB officials..... please please knock some sense into head.... I know that Ijaz Butt has totally lost all his senses and that he will leave soon so at least you people maintain your credibility if you want to continue on serving cricket Pakistan.

    Such actions are a disgrace to cricket, the country and the people of Pakistan

  • Inti on May 31, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    This goes to show how MESS UP this country is. I USED to love Pakistan Team, but whats going on in all fronts of this country is unreal.

    This guy (Shoaib Malik) created this mess and he got off FREE. What about the rest of players??

    The board is a disgrace to cricket.

  • aries on May 31, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    wat kind of behaviour they've monitored ??? how he married to sania ... how he behaved wid her ??? a thoughtless statement by arbitrator or PCB ... and who is this Irfan Qadir ... if i'm not wrong .. it is same person ... pointed out by CJ in BOP case ... that he should not be appointed as NAB prosecutor... b'coz he is accused of getting money .... wat kind of drama is going on... a political influenced decision... btw.. shoaib malik can't get a spot in PAK team on either of his skill batting or bowling... he should not be forgiven .. not at alll

  • Cricket on May 30, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Its 21st century, time has changed......teams conditions have changed. Take this into consideration...number of centuries by all players playing for pakistan(in both tests and odi) will be far less than those made by the single blade of world's cricket God Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. In recent past, all top cricketing nations are afraid to face india in india. They are afraid to play in pakistan too (but for NON-CRICKETING issues). Talking of statistics....I can still cant remember when pakistan made it to the TOP position in TESTS or ODIs! Of the 4 teams, playing in asia cup, pakistan will be very high in morale after the recent white wash in australia. This time too it would'nt be surprising if pakistan crashes early as they did as a host team in 2008 edition. And finally Moral of the story is.....players should rely on their playing abilities rather than on Ball tampering and Fixing ! Even if they do so, they should not repent as PCB has many attractive offers(as captaincy) for them.

  • Aashish on May 30, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    What an expected farce this is!!! Yusuf will comeback from retirement, Younis Khan will be back as well - it's the same group that created all the mess, and just wait and watch - they will yet again fight during the England tour. What behaviour did they monitor in 3 months when Malik is not in the dressing room at all but was busy marrying Sania and enjoying his honeymoon?

  • Sisnaraine on May 30, 2010, 11:47 GMT


  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    PCB is a big joke. First they say they want to set an example and punish almost half a team and then slowly but steadily is reverting back the decision.

    My personal opinion is that a team never have an ex-captain in the team especially in South Asian team as they are busy playing the best game South Asian's play i.e. politics. One inside the dressing room, they try to break the team with all the means at their disposal.

  • Balaji on May 30, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Look as an Indian I don't want to go into Pakistan cricket's decision making process. However I have seen parts of the leaked video where Afridi has called Shoaib Malik a negative character and read reports where Intikhab, Yousuf called him a negative influence on the team. When you put these things together, the infighting within the Pakistan team is obvious. But now, the dressing room atmosphere will be positively poisonous after all this. I really wonder.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    First of all I agree with you for appreciating Osman, he not only writes well but I heard him on NDTV yesterday he speaks well too. It was great to hear him finally after following his articles for so long. Coming to the point, obviously 99% of the readers who commented are not happy with the ban being revoked, out of 133 comments 131 are against him, this itself tells us of what we feel for him. I am just amazed why our board, media and the givernment can't see this. Anyway I just hope he never makes it to the team but again when the guy can use influence to get unbanned, sadly team won't be a very big deal. I hope Afridi does not select him in the playing eleven.

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