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PCB vows strict action against indisciplined players

The Pakistan Cricket Board vows to take strict action against players who violate discipline or the code of conduct.

cricket Updated: Dec 18, 2007 15:13 IST

If a Pakistan player commits indiscipline and shows lack of commitment in domestic cricket, he may miss out on a PCB contract and a place in the national side.

"I don't care how influential or important a player is to the team if he does not adhere to discipline and the team's code of conduct. He will not be selected again," Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Nasim Ashraf said.

"We will see which player has his focus on domestic cricket and how much time it gives to it when not required for national duty. We are also aiming to penalise players who don't play domestic cricket despite being available for it," Ashraf added.

Pointing out some problems surfacing during the recent series in India, he said "clearly players need to be more focussed and committed and disciplined. Enough has happened in the past and now we don't intend to compromise on discipline."

Referring to paceman Shoaib Akhtar's plans to act in an Indian film, Ashraf said "If any player wants to do Bollywood movies he can do it, but then we have to see how committed he is to Pakistan cricket as well."

Captain Shoaib Malik and Manager Talat Ali had reportedly expressed dissatisfaction at Akhtar's attitude and commitment last week.

"The players indulged in activities, which were not good for the image of the team and country. There is no doubt about that and we are going to talk to them about it one final time," Ashraf said.

"We accept every player has his own personal life but it is also our duty to see how much do these personal activities affect his form and what impact they have on the team," Ashraf said.

He added that the reports of the manager and coach will be given a lot of importance when PCB takes decisions at its next governing body meeting on January 15.

Ashraf said there were some positive aspects of the Indian tour but some selection matters did not leave a good impression of Pakistan cricket.

"Keeping this in mind, we have decided that in future, the tour selection committee will not be allowed to request for replacement players by name to avoid miscommunication," he said.

The Pakistan team was caught in a controversy before the third Test against India in Bangalore when the tour selectors and management asked for pacer Abdul Rauf and batsman Naved Latif to be sent as replacement.

The Board instead sent Rao Iftikhar who was eventually not played in the match.

Ashraf said PCB had also decided that the selection committee, in consultation with the captain and coach, will finalise not only the 15 players but also the replacements, who would have to come from among the reserve players.

"We want to improve communication between selectors and team management which is very necessary for the team," he said.