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Monday, June 6, 2011

Afridi’s legal counsel terms PCB disciplinary hearing as unconstitutional

  • Afridi’s legal counsel terms PCB disciplinary hearing as unconstitutional
Afridi’s legal counsel terms PCB disciplinary hearing as unconstitutional
Pakistan’s former skipper, Shahid Afridi, is likely to boycott the disciplinary hearing, which has been called by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on June 8, 2011, in Lahore.
Afridi’s legal adviser, Syed Ali Zafar, has claimed that PCB adopted a procedure, which violates the law of Pakistan.
Zafar stated, “The PCB wants the hearing be kept in close camera, which according to us, is unconstitutional in this country. The hearing itself is illegal and therefore we are keeping all our options open (to boycott the hearing)”.
Earlier, the PCB formulated a disciplinary committee, and asked star all-rounder, Afridi, to present himself and give an explanation on his violation of the central contract clauses.
The disciplinary committee includes, the director of domestic cricket, Sultan Rana, the general manager of domestic cricket, Shafiq Ahmed and the manager of international cricket, Usman Wahla.
PCB’s legal consultant, Taffazul Rizvi will present the board’s point of view during the proceedings of the hearing.
Earlier, the PCB dismissed the star player from ODI captaincy due to his media outbursts against the board and team management.
The Board stripped Afridi of his ranks and assigned Misbah-ul-Haq as the captain in his place.
Eventfully, Afridi, who led the Men in Green during their World Cup campaign, refused to play under the current Board management. He announced his conditional retirement and went ahead to criticize the Board’s actions.
His media outbursts further led the Board to terminate his central contract and revoke his No Objection Certificate.
Without the NOC, the all-rounder will not be able to participate in domestic leagues abroad.
However, Afridi requested the board to allow him to join the English county Hampshire, but the PCB refused.
Now, the highest wicket taker of the ICC World Cup 2011 is all set to face the board through his legal counsel.
“My client is victimised and therefore we have decided to fight this case, yes, this is our first cricketer’s case, but we are confident of winning it,” said Zafar, Afridi’s lawyer.
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