Afridi appears before committee, refuses to apologise
Pakistan's sacked and retired captain Shahid Afridi today refused to apologise for his alleged violation of PCB Code of Conduct but said that he was ready to accept any verdict of the disciplinary committee.cricket Updated: Jun 16, 2011 18:17 IST
Pakistan's sacked and retired captain Shahid Afridi on Thursday refused to apologise for his alleged violation of PCB Code of Conduct but said that he was ready to accept any verdict of the disciplinary committee.
Afridi, who appeared before a PCB disciplinary committee on Thursday, admitted that he had committed mistakes but said circumstances had forced him to do those things.
"I admit I have made mistakes but the circumstances forced me to do things. But I have not apologised to the committee," Afridi told reporters after the hearing.
"Whatever decision the committee takes it will be acceptable to me. I had outlined all the reasons and circumstances that led to my dispute with the Board and strained relations within the team management," he said.
Afridi is expected to be issued the NOC to play for Hampshire in English Twenty20 domestic league after the disciplinary committee, headed by Sultan Rana, gives its verdict.
Afridi appeared before the committee after a meeting with PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt early this week. A deal was struck under which the all-rounder would withdraw his petition from Sindh High Court against the disciplinary proceedings.
The second part of the deal was that Afridi would inform the Board that he was willing to face disciplinary committee whose legality and status he had challenged in his petition to the High Court.
The row between PCB and Afridi started when the former sacked him as ODI captain and then the experienced all-rounder unilaterally announced his retirement. He had blasted the Board for mistreating him and not showing respect to the players.
The PCB revoked the NOC issued to him to play for Hampshire and Sri Lankan Premier League and also started disciplinary proceedings against him.
First Published: Jun 16, 2011 18:07 IST