Pakistan news June 9, 2011

Court defers Afridi hearing till June 16


The Sindh High Court has deferred till June 16 further hearings on the petition filed by former captain Shahid Afridi against the PCB's decision to suspend his central contract and revoke No-Objection certificates (NOC).

The court allowed the NOC to remain in place until the next hearing, which means Afridi will continue to be unavailable for Hampshire with whom he had signed a contract for a Twenty20 stint this summer. The question of whether the PCB was within its rights in revoking the NOC will become the focus of the legal battle from next week.

The case was adjourned after a brief five-minute hearing, essentially because the PCB had not filed a detailed reply to the original petition; they have been asked to do so by the next date. There may be more legal wrangling and delay yet, as the PCB believes the case should be heard in the Lahore High Court.

"We have objection to the assumption of jurisdiction by Sindh High Court," Taffazul Rizvi, the board's legal advisor, said outside the courtroom. "The PCB head office is in Lahore. We have been asked to file a detailed reply to his petition."

But the focus now seems set to fall on the central contracts itself. Rizvi and the PCB claim that Afridi was punished in accordance with the clauses of the central contract. "Punishment, rewards, they are all there in the central contracts," Rizvi said.

Afridi's lawyers, however, claimed there was no such allowance in the contracts. "If the PCB worked according to the central contract, we wouldn't be here right now," Syed Ali Zafar said. "Where does it say in the central contract that the NOC can be revoked? It doesn't say it at all. Article 18 of the Constitution [of Pakistan] says you can't stop someone's livelihood. NOC is a livelihood. There is no such clause in the contracts."

Zafar and associate Mahmood Mandviwalla asked the judges to reinstate the NOC on the basis that it was preventing Afridi from his right to earn a livelihood. There was talk in the courtroom and outside of compensation for monetary losses but that may not be the concern of this hearing. "The most important thing was to stop the disciplinary proceedings as a first step," Zafar said.

Afridi didn't appear for the hearing, but despite that a generous crowd had gathered outside the courts to show their support, asking for his reinstatement and for the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt to be sacked.

Earlier this week, the court had stayed the committee's proceedings against Afridi, after his petition challenging the validity of the sanctions imposed on him by the PCB.

The PCB suspended Afridi's central contract and withdrew the NOCs after his decision to "retire", which he had announced on a TV channel, as well as his subsequent criticism of the board officials.

Afridi's lawyers then sent a letter to the PCB in a bid to resolve the dispute between the two parties, stressing that they were asking only for a due process to be followed and that the act of suspension of the central contract and NOC withdrawal were punishments before the player had been heard.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    v want lala back,,,,n cant see him depressed !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mohammed on June 12, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    PCB is currently doing something wrong against Afridi. He is a good bowling all rounder & has good career record. His economy is better as a spinner.

    They should look for the players who are under 30. Domestic players whose batting averages are above 40 plus should be selected in national team.

    If you see the Indian,South African & Australian team, their 4 to 5 players in the playing eleven are having 40+ average in ODI.

    PCB should hire a Batting & Fielding coach from either South Africa / New Zealand.

    Moreover players should improve their communication skills.

    This can possible if they change the board members who are currently ruling PCB.

    This team has great talent & enthusiasm if the management are truly paying attention on the players.

    They are the 1992 World Cup champion, also they were unbeaten in Austral Asia cup if you see the record.

    To make Pakistan on top of table ranking, management of have to take decision immediately.

    Thanks for reading my comments.


  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Plsr Take care of Shahid Afridi Pakistan and world cricket need him.When PCB will wake up and treat cricketers with ultimate respect and listen to them.You are all there just because cricket and cricketers so pls think before you act.Why they all pcb try to isolate Pakistan and Cricket.So much ego problem among them PCB.Younis Khan is the best person to lead nobody is close to him.He brought t20 world cup and joy to paksitan and how our pcb is treating him.I want to see Pakistan in highest and well respected in cricketing world.

  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    please give the strength to shahid bhai....we all need him..without him cricket is not a cricket.mis u lala!!!!!!!!!!!

  • asad on June 10, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    For those of you guys who say Afridi is a bad player, he isn't. He's one of our best ballers and sometimes he can get a lot of runs too. Honestly what i dont get is that whenever a pakistani player gets really good (inzamam-ul-haq, wasim akram) then they always are forced to stop playing cricket. Correct me if i'm wrong but didnt all of this start because pcb didnt want afridi to be captian anymore. why is he fighting over the fact that he cant be captian if he still stays on the team then he can bring pakistan many wins.

  • fayaz on June 10, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    Pakistan players always in trouble inside ouside fighting. selevtors spoiling players life. players are playig in ground selectors playing in out of ground . both are playing problem problem.

  • Sajni on June 10, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Its painful to see Pak go down like this. I believe everyone including players and selectors should be accountable for their decisions. The current developments have tarnished the image of Pakistan cricket immeasurably. Seems like everything in the country is controlled and manipulated by politicians. Cricket Board is a purely political setup. But the concerned people should ensure that competent, independent administrators are employed to manage PCB.

  • Mohamadi on June 10, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Large hearted Pakistanis..please forgive Afridi...

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    Afridi critisized his coach and board in public/press against the contract that he had signed. He should be punished. No sympathy for him!

  • Masud on June 9, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    Cricket requires mental stability to show its best. Unless PCB make a stable condition of Pak players, they may not play good at this stage. Please forget going court room but works within the management and reslove the issue. Cricket does not depend on only person whoever he is even NOT for Sachin. So, Afridi is not beyond the team.

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