Pakistan news June 15, 2011

Afridi withdraws petition, faces committee

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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 "The petition has been withdrawn as a part of the reconciliation between both sides," Syed Ali Zafar, Afridi's lawyer, told ESPNcricinfo.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 In a statement released several hours after the petition was withdrawn, the board said they had been informed of the withdrawal by Afridi.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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  • POSTED BY Navaid-Hussain 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY mso797 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

  • POSTED BY mso797 on | June 16, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    i think butt will step down in the end

  • POSTED BY Ab3154 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...

  • POSTED BY Guthers007 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY K.A.K 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.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Now frustrated Misbah might retire ;) LOL

  • POSTED BY Navaid-Hussain 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY mso797 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

  • POSTED BY mso797 on | June 16, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    i think butt will step down in the end

  • POSTED BY Ab3154 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...

  • POSTED BY Guthers007 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY K.A.K 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.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Now frustrated Misbah might retire ;) LOL

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Script is going as per expected. Time to follow tradition and un-retire. But if an IPL offer (highly unlikely but assume for time bieng) comes by then time to retire again if PCB gives no NOC.

  • POSTED BY mmeeran on | June 15, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    To PCB & Shahid Afridi,

    The whole world is watching the drama & enjoying the dispute between them. This is not correct & is shame for Pakistan Cricket.

    Ijaz Butt wants to save his job & same by Afridi.

    To gain the top spot (Ranking in Cricket & Discipline), PCB should unite All Players,Coaches,Managers & the whole board.

    This can happen if and only if the whole management should meet & discuss the ongoing rift between themselves.

    Also PCB should look for the domestic players whose batting average is above 40 & this is very important. No team in international cricket has worst batting than Pakistan.

    Pakistan were the dependent batsmen team, they heavily depended on Javed Miandad, Saeed Anwar, Inzamam ul Haq. This is not good sign for them.

    They cannot convert half centuries to centuries. If you compare Indian / Australian / South African / Sri Lankan batting lineup, Pakistanis are nothing.

    For all formats, PCB should select one Captain & should be either Batsman or All Rounder.

  • POSTED BY jimmy777 on | June 15, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    in pakistan their cricket players have found a new meaning for retirement, afridi retired 3 times, mohammad yousuf retired 2 times, hopefully no other international players will follow it.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    There seems to be always unbalance between Player's Power and the Board's Power. It is always tilting one way or another. The funny thing is that Public favor is always towards Player's Power because they look like Hero. Public do not recognize the Board so as Players are also not obedient to the Boards directives and their contracts. But for every thing in life there are certain Administrative measures to be taken and Cricket is not an exception. If Afridi continue his domestic and international cricket under the Administration of the same Board; where is gone his announcement of retirement not to play cricket under the current Board leadership? There is not doubt Afridi is a hyper man. Occasionally he takes shelter under the patriotism and his heroism in his statements just to take public favor.

  • POSTED BY thehasanman on | June 15, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    The circus that is run by Ijaz Butt continues. Will the mans tenure ever end?

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    HRehman ... I agree and not to mention the embarrassment they caused to Pakistan cricket both at public and national level...shame. Then again we should get used to it since this stuff is becoming a habit...

  • POSTED BY wambling_future on | June 15, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    So is this going to be a yet another case of Pakistani player coming out of retirement ?

  • POSTED BY faisal_khan_1 on | June 15, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    the power of money over principles.

    wonder what Imaran Khan would if the lucrative 20/20 leagues were around that time?.... the numerous times he also 'retired' or threatened to retire...

    the fact tough is that Imran was a far greater player than Afridi and had far greater bargaining power

  • POSTED BY monayi on | June 15, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Afridi will have to relook his decision about his existence in the cricket. He can play for two, three years for Pakistan..But existing Pak management and official staffs are against Afridi. In this situation Afridi cannot get an opportunity. I think, have a discussion with PCB, will solve the problem for Afridi.Best of Luck Afridi for your future activities..

  • POSTED BY USAPakCricFollower on | June 15, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    I don't believe it is a victory for Afridi. It is a victory for the PCB. They got what their position has been all along. Afridi violated the code of conduct and as a process was called to appear before the disciplinary committee. Had he done that his NOC would not have been revoked. Now he has agreed to the PCB original demand, stand up for the punishment, and his NOC will be reinstated. How's this Afridi's win? I cannot imagine the irrational thinking of my fellow Pakstani fans.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    good end for both afridi and pcb.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Shahid Afridi is beginning to look like a troubled man. Waqar Younis was right when he said that he found Afridi too hyper. Funny enough I have never met Afridi in person but I always had the same feeling as Waqar.

  • POSTED BY poderdubdubdub on | June 15, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    What a load of rubbish. The whole saga was uncalled for after such a good performance in the world cup, to be honest both parties are guilty though PCB started the rot.

  • POSTED BY Ghula on | June 15, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    I think removing the petition was not a good idea... Its obvious things are not that great inside the PCB and it being settled the way it did - the public now cannot hear the real stories... Once again the board has been saved with this move.

  • POSTED BY Midnight_Blues on | June 15, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    I guess he made him an offer he could'nt refuse.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 15, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    "If the petition has borne fruit then there is no objection or obstacle in withdrawing a petition." sums it all up Afridi got the NOC and Butt got the much needed humiliation. Awesome news !

  • POSTED BY smartguy786 on | June 15, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Great News for Afridi, Looks like Butt backed Down under intense Fans pressure!

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  • POSTED BY smartguy786 on | June 15, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Great News for Afridi, Looks like Butt backed Down under intense Fans pressure!

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 15, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    "If the petition has borne fruit then there is no objection or obstacle in withdrawing a petition." sums it all up Afridi got the NOC and Butt got the much needed humiliation. Awesome news !

  • POSTED BY Midnight_Blues on | June 15, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    I guess he made him an offer he could'nt refuse.

  • POSTED BY Ghula on | June 15, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    I think removing the petition was not a good idea... Its obvious things are not that great inside the PCB and it being settled the way it did - the public now cannot hear the real stories... Once again the board has been saved with this move.

  • POSTED BY poderdubdubdub on | June 15, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    What a load of rubbish. The whole saga was uncalled for after such a good performance in the world cup, to be honest both parties are guilty though PCB started the rot.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Shahid Afridi is beginning to look like a troubled man. Waqar Younis was right when he said that he found Afridi too hyper. Funny enough I have never met Afridi in person but I always had the same feeling as Waqar.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    good end for both afridi and pcb.

  • POSTED BY USAPakCricFollower on | June 15, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    I don't believe it is a victory for Afridi. It is a victory for the PCB. They got what their position has been all along. Afridi violated the code of conduct and as a process was called to appear before the disciplinary committee. Had he done that his NOC would not have been revoked. Now he has agreed to the PCB original demand, stand up for the punishment, and his NOC will be reinstated. How's this Afridi's win? I cannot imagine the irrational thinking of my fellow Pakstani fans.

  • POSTED BY monayi on | June 15, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Afridi will have to relook his decision about his existence in the cricket. He can play for two, three years for Pakistan..But existing Pak management and official staffs are against Afridi. In this situation Afridi cannot get an opportunity. I think, have a discussion with PCB, will solve the problem for Afridi.Best of Luck Afridi for your future activities..

  • POSTED BY faisal_khan_1 on | June 15, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    the power of money over principles.

    wonder what Imaran Khan would if the lucrative 20/20 leagues were around that time?.... the numerous times he also 'retired' or threatened to retire...

    the fact tough is that Imran was a far greater player than Afridi and had far greater bargaining power