Pakistan news June 1, 2011

Afridi admits violating PCB code


Shahid Afridi has replied to the PCB's showcause notice and accepted that he has violated the code of conduct, further stating his willingness to face whatever disciplinary action will come his way.

"We have received Shahid Afridi's reply and he has accepted violation of the code of conduct," Nadeem Sarwar, the PCB media manager, told ESPNcricinfo. It is believed that while accepting the breaches in the reply, Afridi explained the cause of his actions and specifically, going to the media and announcing his retirement. Afridi is said to have been upset about learning of his removal from the ODI captaincy through media reports and so responded by going to the media first himself.

ESPNcricinfo also understands Afridi has expressed a desire that his situation with Hampshire be resolved. Afridi was due to play for the county in the Friends Life t20 but the PCB revoked his No-Objection Certificate leading to, for the moment, a suspension of his registration as an overseas player by the ECB. The ECB and PCB have been in touch through a busy day, and sources close to Afridi say there is a possibility the deal could still go ahead if the boards come to a resolution, though PCB officials insist it will not be as straightforward as that.

Hampshire are understandably keen to come to a resolution as quickly as possible. "The club would like to make it clear that although we respect this decision we have been, and continue to, urge the PCB to rethink this matter, and we are keen to have Shahid playing for the Royals at some point in the season," said a statement released by them on Wednesday - the day their Twenty20 campaign began with a match against Somerset at The Rose Bowl.

As far as the reply is concerned, the board's legal advisor will now be consulted over its contents before a way forward emerges. Though the advisor, Taffazul Rizvi, has not yet received the letter, he said the act of the response and acceptance doesn't condone the breach itself. "When you accept or own an act, that is tantamount to a mitigating circumstance for a disciplinary tribunal while passing a judgment," he told ESPNcricinfo. Essentially, the disciplinary process will now be carried out to its legal and logical end, which could mean the board appointing an inquiry officer to investigate the matter further.

On Thursday, in any case, the board will officially begin to look into the root cause of the whole affair: Afridi's spat with coach Waqar Younis. Board officials will meet Waqar first and discuss issues arising from the management report of the tour to the Caribbean. It was during the ODIs that Afridi and Waqar clashed over selection, one dressing room dispute in particular that officials are concerned about, which was leaked out to the media. Intikhab Alam, the team manager who tried to mediate between the two on tour, will also be interviewed. Once that is out of the way, the Afridi issue will come back on the agenda, presumably with more background information in the bag.

Beyond that the picture remains unclear. Afridi has stressed his retirement is conditional and not permanent, though earlier today he said again that he would not play under this administration. One senior board official told ESPNcricinfo that they still considered Afridi an asset to the national side but insisted that he go through the entire disciplinary procedure for a list of breaches and be punished if necessary.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on June 3, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Well the big universal question that strikes this delima is that why is Afridi to be blamed? He made it clear why he left, He was being constantly blamed by the public on the loss us Pakistanis faced under his capitancy and he made it clear by saying "the population blame me but you guys dont let me have the players i want and only playing youngsters".

  • Ahsan_Shere on June 2, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    A@ Adil Farhan: I didn't say PCB treat their players fairly, I'm of the view that this PCB management is most corrupted institution in Pakistan. Try to understand my point: Shahid should not use harsh words for his coach plus one who says I play for my nation should prove what he speaks, if this was the matter he doesn't bother to play under Misbah, instead he refused to play (retirement). Forget every thing just tell me 1 thing: Why he left the squad on the England Tour last year in the midst of the series. I watched his 37 ball-hundred more than 50 times, I'm a big supporter of Shahid & also a Karachiite but behavior he shown after given captaincy made me feel guilty as an unbiased Pakistani.

  • adilfarhan on June 2, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    @ Ahsan_Shere Before you pass any judgment based off of ZERO facts, let me tell you couple of things that are actually true, Shahid was in Houston with his father, who is really really ill, I met him and his Father. Shahid is very close to his father and was not leaving his sight, but hey, It is very easy to judge someone from that high horse, isn't it?. Yes he did eventually leave for England but we all have to work.. do you realize that this is his work right? To all Shahid haters, you guys are missing the point and getting confused in minor details of how this retirement was announced, He is unhappy about how players are treated and how can you NOT agree with that? Do you think PCB has treated Pakistani players correctly?

  • Khurram2011 on June 2, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Please join " No to Ijaz Butt " a group of Paki cricket fans from Houston, USA has start a Facebook page to request Mr. Butt to resign from PCB and allow someone else to take charge. Please go to Facebook and search for this group and join and ask your friends and family members to do the same thing. Please keep posting this on various sites. The is the most democratic way to bring change anywhere. We all need to do our part. Don't you agree?

  • imran_khan11 on June 2, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    @abhay sawant..could u plz advise the same to BBCi for set an example when the indian team was found in bar club drinking wine one day ahead of their T 20 world cup match in 2010 ? y they were not punished???

  • Fanatic_cricko on June 2, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Afridi should leave Pakistn right now. All cricketing countries will jump on to pick him up and he will sure be able to deliver for them once the ICC time requirement is over. I suggest he join will be good for him and for Bangladesh also.

    Move on recorde holder of most sixes and fastest ODI century.

  • Fa04 on June 2, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    There is no go on pakistan cricket team without Boom.. Boom.. He must come back

  • dummy4fb on June 2, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    I know that Afridi is going to come back...I can guarantee you that 100%

  • dummy4fb on June 2, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Catz Outa Bag..... LOLx.....:P

  • K.A.K on June 2, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    @NP_NY - Check your IPL history buddy. Pakistani players were left out of IPL for political/security reasons and not because of Pakistani players attitude. Pakistani players played in prior IPL with NO issues. Shahid Afridi is not wanted by PCB, other associates members should pick him up. he has 4-6 years of international cricket left in him, and it can help develop cricket in some other country that needs him. He is a little short fused being a pathan, but he is a good cricketer and will do ok under a less political/egoistic management.

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