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Pak board takes stern action against Afridi

cricket Updated: Jun 01, 2011 01:16 IST
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday revoked the No Objection Certificate (NOC) granted to Shahid Afridi that will prevent the retired cricketer to play in county cricket and other Twenty20 leagues.

A day after Afridi announced his retirement and blamed PCB's ill-treatment towards him as the reason for his decision, the board also issued him a show-cause notice.

The Board's action means that Afridi will be not be allowed to play for Hampshire in a Twenty20 tournament. Afridi is already in England to begin his stint for Hampshire. He will also have to stay away from the inaugural edition of the Sri Lankan Premier League to be held later this month.

In a statement, released Tuesday, the PCB accused Afridi of violating the board's code of conduct.

"PCB has initiated action against Shahid Afridi in response to the following breaches he has committed under the Central Contract signed with PCB," said the statement. "By announcing his retirement in the manner that he did Shahid Afridi is in breach of Clause 2.1.4 of the Central Contract dealing with Covenants of the Cricketer," it said. The PCB has given Afridi seven days to respond to its show-cause notice.

Blame game still on
An agitated Shahid Afridi, who stunningly quit international cricket to protest his sacking as Pakistan's ODI captain, on Tuesday accused selection committee member Mohammad Illyas of orchestrating a campaign against him.

"There is a lobby that works against me and Illyas is their head. He blames me for his son-in-law Imran Farhat being dropped from the team. He cares a damn about rest of the selections," Afridi said.

"I can't continue to play in these circumstances. I didn't retire because I was removed as captain. I am ready to play under anyone, even a junior player. I have done it in the past. But I didn't like the way they sacked me as captain, without the Chairman even bothering to meet me or speak to me," he said. The flamboyant all-rounder also made it clear that until the present PCB remained in power he was unlikely to play for Pakistan again.

Afridi was removed as captain May 19 but was retained in Pakistan's one-day squad for the two-match ODI series against Ireland. The move came days after Afridi hinted at disharmony within the team management. Afridi and coach Waqar Younis were not getting along.

Soon after Afridi announced his retirement, federal Sports Minister Shaukutullah Khan threw his weight behind the allrounder.

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