Heading a highly fractious bunch with a poor track record, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi today issued a stern warning to his teammates, saying he would not brook any indiscipline.
Addressing a press conference in Lahore, the Pakistan captain said he would not tolerate any unruly behaviour and that he has conveyed it to Shoaib Akhtar and Shoaib Malik as well, as the duo made a comeback to the team after a break.
"In the training camp, I spoke to Shoaib and also Malik and explained to them the new set of rules that we expected them to follow in the team. I explained to them that being senior players, I required their support to introduce a new culture in the team," Afridi said.
"The board has also made it clear that the captain and manager have full authority to take action against any player they feel is getting out of line," he said.
Pakistan cricket has been hit by several controversies since the start of the year when the team was touring Australia where it suffered a whitewash. In the aftermath of the turbulent tour, PCB appointed an inquiry committee to probe into the reasons for the defeats and it later banned four players including former captains, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Yousuf and fined three others including Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal. The arbitrator appointed by the board in recent weeks lifted the bans on Malik and Younis and also halved fines on other players.
Leaked video recordings of the inquiry committee proceedings confirmed groupings in the team and a revolt against former captain Younis Khan. Afridi said Pakistan cricket needed to move in a new direction and for this, he needed the complete support of all players. "We have enormous talent and we have some exciting new players coming up. I am confident that if we play as a unit we can beat any time in the world," he said.