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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

PCB ready to face Shahid Afridi in court says Subhan Ahmed

  • PCB ready to face Shahid Afridi in court says Subhan Ahmed
PCB ready to face Shahid Afridi in court says Subhan Ahmed
In response to former skipper Shahid Afridi’s petition, filed in the Sindh High Court against Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the Chief Operating Officer of the board said that the PCB respects the rule of law and would implement the court’s decision in letter and spirit.
The retired captain, on Tuesday filed a petition in the SHC to challenge the charges imposed on him by the PCB.
As a result, the court has forbidden the board to hold a four-member disciplinary committee meeting and has ordered the PCB officials to appear before the court on June 9, to provide explanations.
Subhan, the Chief Operating Officer of the board, asserted that Afridi should have attended the board’s disciplinary committee to resolve the issue with the PCB, rather than moving to SHC.
However, he added that the PCB is ready to face the all-rounder in court and will follow the court’s verdict.
“We have followed all procedures while initiating disciplinary action against Afridi as per laid down in our constitution. Our legal team and officials will appear in court as per directives of the court,” said Subhan.
In the wake of Afridi’s retirement last week and his media outburst against PCB’s officials, the board issued a show cause notice to Afridi and suspended his central contract. The non-objection certificates (NOCs) issued to him, were also cancelled.
The controversies between the board and Afridi started following the Caribbean tour, where Afridi passed offensive remarks regarding the team’s coach, Waqar Younis.
The board then removed the leg-spinner from captaincy and appointed Misbah-ul-Haq at his place, to lead team in the two-match ODI series against Ireland.
According to Afridi, the board did not issue any prior notice to him, nor was he informed personally.
Reacting over PCB’s actions, the right-handed batsman announced his retirement from International cricket, citing the board’s misconduct in his case.
He also stated that he would not resume his cricketing career, as long as board is working under the current Chairman, Ijaz Butt.
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