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Inzamam slams PCB’s harsh move

Pakistan cricket fraternity today reacted with surprise, anger and content to severe punishment handed out by the Board to half-a-dozen current players on disciplinary counts.

cricket Updated: Mar 10, 2010 23:45 IST

Pakistan cricket fraternity today reacted with surprise, anger and content to severe punishment handed out by the Board to half-a-dozen current players on disciplinary counts.

While former players like Inzamam-ul-Haq and Rashid Latif felt the Board's move would further hit the image of Pakistan cricket, the older generation players like Zaheer Abbas and Abdul Kadir were all support for the punishment.

The Board banned seniors Mohammed Yousuf and Younus Khan for life and handed one-year bans to Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan in the wake of their flop show Down Under. Brothers Kamran and Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi were put under observation and imposed heavy fines.

“How can you treat senior players Yousuf and Younis like this? How can you ban them for life? If they were doing something wrong the board should have spoken and warned them first. You don’t take such harsh decision at once,” a fuming Inzamam asked.

Inzamam was baffled why the team management kept silence during the tour and came out with sever punishments now. “Why were Kamran and Umar not sent back from Australia? Why was Afridi not penalised in Australia by the team management? Why come out with such harsh decisions in one go which could badly damage the image of Pakistan cricket?

Rashid Latif questioned the timing of the action and felt the Board may have done it to save its own skin. He also suggested players to knock the judicial doors, challenging the punishment, and was confident that aggrieved players would come out victorious. “Younis I think has been treated unfairly for long now, what was his fault and yet he is banned for life. This is not the way to improve things in Pakistan cricket.

However, former captain Zaheer Abbas, Abdul Qadir and Sarfaraz Nawaz, had a different view on the whole issue. “Obviously it is very disappointing and sad that senior players like Yousuf and Younis have been banned for life but the fact is this action of the board will help in improving team's culture and performances,” said Abbas.