Thursday, June 16, 2011

AFRIDI fined for breaching the Cricket Board's Code of Conduct

Islamabad: Sacked Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was on Thursday slapped with a hefty fine of 4.5 million rupees by the PCB disciplinary committee after he pleaded guilty of breaching the Cricket Board's Code of Conduct at a hearing here.

Afridi was, however, granted no-objection certificate to play abroad, clearing the way for his appearance for Hampshire in English Twenty20 tournament and in Sri Lanka Premier League.

The all-rounder pleaded guilty before the four-member committee to the charges of violating his central contract clauses in unilaterally announcing his retirement and criticising the PCB and its officials.

"The committee unanimously decided to fine him 4.5 million rupees (USD 53,000) for various breaches of code of conduct," PCB legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi told reporters here.

"The committee recommended his NOCs to play abroad be restored, which Pakistan Cricket Board has endorsed," he said.

Afridi reacted to the committee ruling by stating that he was not interested in playing international cricket at the moment.

"Right now I am not thinking about playing international cricket. But I will be going to England to play for Hampshire," Afridi said.

The PCB announced the decisions of the disciplinary committee, headed by Sultan Rana, nearly three hours after the hearing.

Earlier in the day, Afridi had refused to apologise for his alleged violation of PCB Code of Conduct but said that he would accept the verdict of the disciplinary committee.

"I admit I have made mistakes but circumstances forced me to do things. But I have not apologised to the committee," Afridi had told reporters after the hearing.

Rizvi said the entire procedure was according to the PCB Code of Conduct and constitution and Afridi had the right to appeal to an appellate tribunal of independent judges against the disciplinary committee decision.

"Similarly the Board can also appeal against the decision if it feels the penalties are not severe enough,? Rizvi said.

Afridi was charged earlier this month with breaching the PCB Code of Conduct by abruptly announcing his retirement from international cricket to the media and making disparaging comments about Board officials.

He announced his retirement after the PCB removed him as captain for a one-day series against Ireland.

He then filed petition before the Sindh High Court challenging the disciplinary proceedings against him and also demanding for an independent tribunal to hear his case.

But after meeting with PCB Chairman Ijaz butt in Islamabad earlier this week, Afridi changed his mind and withdraw his petition from the High Curt and agreed to appear before the disciplinary committee.

Afridi was also fined three million rupees by the Board last year after the Australian tour for his offence of tampering with the ball during the fifth ODI at Perth.

He appealed to Butt and the fine was revoked after the PCB chairman said the player had already been punished by the ICC for the same offence.

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