Pakistan news June 15, 2011

Afridi withdraws petition, faces committee


The dispute between Shahid Afridi and the PCB took the first official step towards a resolution, with Afridi withdrawing his petition against the board in the Sindh High Court. He will now appear before a PCB disciplinary committee on Thursday; Afridi had filed the petition on June 7 against the same disciplinary proceedings the board had initiated against him in the wake of his 'retirement' and subsequent criticism of the board.

But following a meeting between Afridi and PCB chairman Ijaz Butt in Islamabad, the outlines of a compromise emerged on Tuesday; Afridi would withdraw the petition, face up to a disciplinary committee that the court had initially put a stay order on, be punished, but have his No-Objection Certifcate (NOC) reinstated, allowing him to play for Hampshire.

A hearing last week had adjourned the case to June 16, after the board didn't file a detailed reply, but following the compromise deal, Afridi's lawyers appeared in court today to officially withdraw the petition. "The petition has been withdrawn as a part of the reconciliation between both sides," Syed Ali Zafar, Afridi's lawyer, told ESPNcricinfo. "If the petition has borne fruit then there is no objection or obstacle in withdrawing a petition."

Afridi has now been asked to appear before the committee on June 16 at the PCB headquarters in Lahore. In a statement released several hours after the petition was withdrawn, the board said they had been informed of the withdrawal by Afridi. "Therefore, in continuation of the proceduere that had been postponed as per court orders, PCB has directed Shahid Afrdito appear in person before the Diciplinary Committee of PCB on 16 June, 2011 at 3:00 PM at PCB Headquarters, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore."

The reinstatement of the NOCs will likely happen once that hearing has taken place; in his first communication to the PCB after being served a notice, Afridi had accepted violating the code of conduct but asked for his NOC to be reinstated. His central contract also remains suspended for now.

"We hope that the NOC will now be granted," Zafar said. "The disciplinary committee hearing will be a kind of formality now."

Incidentally, there has been no indication from Afridi so far about the status of his conditional retirement and neither, it is said, was it discussed in the meeting with Butt. After being stripped of the ODI captaincy, Afridi said several times that he would not play internationally under this administration, though he insisted he would continue playing domestically at home and abroad.

Earlier this week, before the Afridi-Butt meeting, the Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) announced Afridi as captain of the Karachi Dolphins side in the domestic T20 tournament to be played in July in Faisalabad. They also asked the PCB whether he would be allowed to play. That issue will also now be resolved, but Afridi's Hampshire commitment will take precedence in any case over the local tournament.

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  • navaid on June 16, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    I hope that he will learn the lesson, he has been playing cricket for last 16 years, he would have been grown up but he is still behaving like playing in his first season. He is just destroying his potential in little things due to ill advice form others

  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Afridi is the right man to lead the team till the next world cup.....pakistan cricket has been suffering from unstable board.Its time that hole board should be changed and let the game be played in the true spirit.We should support afridi, he has taken his decision for a right cause.

  • zain on June 16, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    in the last papragraph they they announced karachi dolphins team does somebody know where i can find the complete team

  • zain on June 16, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    i think butt will step down in the end

  • Abbas on June 16, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    Why would he waste lot of his reaources in courts and get nothing, instead he would do nothing in field and add up those resources...

  • paul on June 15, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    I agree with thehasanman, Pakistan cricket is one complete circus! Will things ever change, I dont think so.

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    hi, Look if there were correct processes in place in the first instance then there wouldn't be a need to retire.

    PCB needs a overhaul.

    Keeping same captain for all three games is not wise. The three formats of the game are different (if somewhat similar) and need players with matching abilities. e.g. You wont put Afridi in Test matches but you would include him in 50 overs and 20 over games. Similarly you shouldn't put Younis Khan in 20 over game but he will work wonders in a 50over and Test matches.

    There should be three teams with some players in all three formats. The contracts should be individual. Board should be clean and worthy. Captain and Coach should have somewhat power in selection of team for a game. Members of the selection committee have to be present at the practice games at least 70% of the time and only then should they be given a veto power.

    The problem is simple. There are no correct processes in place. Management needs to have a clearer focus. Vision/ Mission.

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Pakistan news Afridi withdraws petition against PCB Decision comes following Tuesday meeting with Ijaz Butt | Afridi's NOC could be cleared

    You should change this to

    Pakistan tragedy/comedy Afridi withdraws petition against PCB Decision comes following Tuesday meeting with Ijaz Butt | Afridi's NOC could be cleared

  • Khizr on June 15, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Let's not waste more time and move on with it. Get the NOC cleared up. We want to see Afridi in action in the county cricket soon.

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Now frustrated Misbah might retire ;) LOL

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