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Ashraf justifies fine on Shoaib Akhtar

The PCB chairman says he is disappointed with the pacer's behaviour and asserts that no compromise will be made on discipline.

cricket Updated: Aug 09, 2007 11:47 IST


Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Nasim Ashraf defended the decision to fine fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and said no compromise would be made on discipline.

"No matter who the individual is he will not be given special treatment if he violates regulations and misconducts," Ashraf said on Wednesday.

The Board imposed a fine of Rs 300,000 and docked Shoaib, who had complained of a neck strain, points from his central contract after he left the training camp here without informing team manager Talat Ali.

Ashraf said he was disappointed with Shoaib's behaviour as being he was expected to set examples for others. "Even if he had a fitness problem he should have discussed it with the team doctors and only left after taking permission from them and the manager," he stated.

"We have now as a policy decided not to be lax where discipline and players conduct is concerned. No compromises would be made where team discipline is concerned," he added.

Ashraf also made it clear that the board had set August 10 as the deadline for players to sign and return the central contracts offered to them by the board.

Senior players, Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq who have been "rested" by the selectors for the Twenty20 World Cup have yet to sign their central contracts raising questions if they planned to join the breakaway Indian Cricket League.

But Ashraf said he was not aware how many of the 20 players who were offered the contracts had signed them but after August 10 the board would rethink its policy. He also reiterated that the board did not support the ICL.

Yousuf told Geo Television that he had not signed the contract as yet as he was looking after his ailing mother. He also denied having got an offer from the ICL.

First Published: Aug 09, 2007 11:29 IST