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PCB talks to Tanvir on disciplinary issues

The discussion with Tanvir was held after the Pakistan team management, at a recent meeting of the PCB in Lahore, revealed that he was keeping late nights.

cricket Updated: Aug 01, 2008 18:29 IST

Sohail Tanvir may deny committing any disciplinary violations but senior officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board have spoken to the pacer on his erratic behaviour.

"We did have a word with him and we have explained to him clearly that he needs to be very careful about his behaviour," a senior PCB official said on condition of anonymity.

The discussion with Tanvir was held after the Pakistan team management, at a recent meeting of the PCB in Lahore, revealed that he was keeping late nights.

Talat Ali, the team manager, was told in clear terms by members that it was his responsibility to ensure discipline in the team.

"I wouldn't say we have reprimanded him but we have explained to him what is at stake for him if he strays again," the official told PTI.

Tanvir, in an interview to a Gulf daily, said there had been no complaint against him and the Chairman had cleared him.

When contacted, Shafqat Naghmi, Chief Operating Officer of PCB reminded board's strict stand against indiscipline in the team, although denied to name any individual.

"I think it is in the interest of players that they should follow discipline, there is always a temptation for a new player but as long as he can overcome that temptation, that player can go very far, but if there is a player who can not overcome the temptation then I am afraid he is down a very dangerous path," Naghmi said.

Pakistan cricket has been hit by some serious disciplinary issues in recent times and former cricketers have blamed the Board for failing to enforce discipline among the players.

Naghmi also made it clear that there was no problem between the selectors and the team management as the present selection system was working very well.

Under the present system the selectors have final authority to pick up the playing XI in a home series and on foreign tours the manager is the final authority in tour selection committee meetings.

Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik asked for more say in selection matters at the recent meeting.

"I think our system is working quite well and of the good thing about the system is that we discuss all these things and there are always discussions between the captain and the selectors.

I think Shoaib Malik is quite satisfied with whatever authorities he has and I think its fair bit of authority that he has, he is captain of the team and he has to have all the authorities that is needed," Naghmi said.