Pakistan's inquiry committee report March 8, 2010

Top Pakistan players face fines, bans


The inquiry committee looking into Pakistan's disastrous tour to Australia has recommended a string of harsh punishments against a number of Pakistan's senior-most players, ranging from heavy fines to bans.

The recommendations have still to be approved by the board chairman - and they could yet be turned down - but Cricinfo has learnt that the committee has called for the Akmal brothers and Shahid Afridi to be fined for various misdemeanours and for Shoaib Malik and Naved-ul-Hasan to be banned for up to a year from international cricket.

If implemented the measures are likely to represent some of the harshest punishments taken against Pakistan players and will further throw the composition of Pakistan's squad for the World Twenty20 into considerable disarray. None of the players, it is believed, are certain to make the 15-man squad for the tournament at this moment.

The six-man committee completed its report last week and sent it to Ijaz Butt. The chairman held a meeting with the selection committee on Monday in which he briefed them on the contents of the inquiry committee's report. He warned the selectors - now headed by Mohsin Khan - that he had "shocking news" for them and proceeded to inform them of the details of the report.

Pakistan's winless tour to Australia began promisingly, but swiftly deteriorated after the second Test in Sydney, where the tourists suffered a shocking defeat. Thereafter the touring squad unraveled; first the Akmal brothers seemed to openly challenge the touring management, Kamran insisting he would play in the final Test in Hobart despite the board having released a statement saying he would be dropped.

Younger brother Umar was at the centre of a brief storm, in which it was alleged that he had feigned an injury and refused to play in Hobart if his brother was dropped. The report recommends fining the brothers between Rs 2-3 million and that they be put on a probationary period for their behaviour after the Sydney Test.

The tour ended with Afridi being banned by the ICC for two games after he was caught biting the ball in a bid to tamper it in the last ODI in Perth. The report calls for a similar fine and that he also be put on a probationary period during which he not be considered for the captaincy. Afridi was Pakistan's Twenty20 captain but that status now is in doubt.

The situation for Naved and Malik is altogether more serious; both have been accused of significant breaches of discipline. Though the specifics are unclear, it is thought that the pair had problems with Mohammad Yousuf, who was captain for the Tests and ODIs. Yousuf and Malik have long been at odds with each other and the pair engaged in another slanging match soon after returning to Pakistan. Malik has consistently been at the centre of accusations of intrigue and factionalism within the team since he was removed as leader last year.

Sources told Cricinfo that Butt is incensed with the players and is willing to go through with all the recommendations. At the meeting with the selectors he told them to prepare a squad for the World Twenty20 but to keep question marks over this group of players and to keep their options open. The squad was due to be announced on Monday but will be delayed, at the very least, to next week; the selection committee has filtered down the probables to 21 for now.

Butt has urged the selectors to look for fresher faces, telling them that he intends "to give a lesson to these players and convey to them the message that nobody is indispensable."

The trickiest decision may well be over the captain of the squad. Malik and Afridi seem to be out of the picture now; Younis Khan and Yousuf do not play the format and are not in the probables. Amazingly that could leave Misbah-ul-Haq, should he be picked, as a candidate and though some TV reports said his name had been put forward by the selectors, attendees at the meeting said no names had yet been discussed.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    recuit new blokes they will perform better then these Pumpkins they are Waste of money and Waste of new talent i think what they done is Brave Thing Let new Young Blood have there Chance to Prove That they are better and you can see PCb ruining the New talent In face of Mohd Aamir, where is he i mean he is a Good bowler give him a chance

  • Abhijit on March 10, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Thank god!! they are not playing IPL .. next year we could have 16 IPL teams :) ... more exciting IPL with load of events such as ball tampering, fights, lots of player comments etc

    For some good reasons we will miss them with no regret !!!!

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    In my opinion this is too harsh for the Pakistani players and it will affect their performances in the upcoming T20 World cup.

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    I think PCB is the worst n hopeless cricket board in the cricket world, the board is all filled with hopeless beggars which doenst know how to deal with the players n the future of the country.Ijaz butt is good for nothing, if this DONKEY is the president of board then there will b no more cricket in pakistan,its all over now. nothing is left in pakistan now for cricket. GO TO HELL PCB..Its absolute madness to bann such an incredible n great players(Yousuf, Younis,Kamran Akmal,Shahid Afridi etc)...

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    this board is doing first thing right in their tenure and they have to stick with that punishment no uturn but i have a question on yousuf & younis that what happen in their cases that they have given the life ban to both of them...............this is the time to change to bring best out of new individuals

  • rosey on March 10, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    we didn,t expect this from our team

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    A very shocking news for all pakistani cricket fans about this decision. I think the world T20 champions will be knock out in 1st round this time...

  • yasin on March 10, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    pak has finally taken the right step to ban players like yousuf /younis and others who faced fines as well. What i believe is discipline should be followed strictly no matter whether its a Senior players or junior look at the Indian how Dhoni is Managing big names of cricket Sachin /Sehwag /Dravid/Laxman and all others .bec they are all well versed with discipline and they do follow certain rules set by the board . They actually dont look after captaincy post but at the same time YOU have PAK team they are all after captaincy post .ofcourse some of the players likes of AFRIDI does play only for country and to entertain crowd but at the same time they have to follow wt there coach says. I believe Pak is the Top most team in world in any format but they lack Team spirit , they should learn to play together.Should learn to help each other build confidence,learn to stay Cool,Calm Even if they loose as well Loosin agains AUS ws nt any concern .PAK wEre realy Good it WS captain FAULT

  • Israr on March 10, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Mr. Butt and Wasim Bari should be banned for Lifefirst

  • Salman on March 10, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    These players are being punish to make a way for the parchi players like Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Rao Iftikhar, M.Sami these players are playing for a decade now and they didn't prove themselves as good player or team player. Player like M. Hafeez,Sohail Khan are sideline for no what reasons now. They are wasting player like Fawad Alam and not have the specified place fixed for him. Most of people know that he is a good middle order player but his place is kept changing.

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