Afridi slapped hefty fine, gets NOC

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The disciplinary committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board has fined Shahid Afridi Rs 4.5 million for violating the code of conduct and restored his eligibility to play abroad. PCB legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi announced the judgment of the committee on Thursday and said Afridi has accepted the verdict.
Rizvi said Afridi had “pleaded guilty and did not want to contest.” Afridi also said he was in “no mood to play international cricket” and is sticking with his decision to retire. Afridi appeared before the PCB Disciplinary Committee comprising Sultan Rana (chairman), Shafiq Ahmed and Usman Wahla (members) at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. Taffazul Rizvi (PCB’s legal advisor) assisted the committee.
An official of the PCB informed that Shahid explained his position and clarified his conduct which has been reported in the media recently and has resulted in suspension of his Central Contract and revocation of his NOC. “After detailed hearing Shahid Afridi regretted and pleaded guilty and requested the Committee to decide the matter. The Committee appreciated Shahid Afridi for recognising his indiscretion and is treating the same as mitigating circumstances.
“For reasons, to be announced later through a detailed order, the Committee has recommended to impose a fine of Rs. 4.5 million for breach of various clauses of the Central Contract and Code of Conduct. “As Afridi has been awarded penalties, therefore on his request the committee recommended to the PCB that he be issued a NOC for playing for Hampshire. Chairman PCB has endorsed the recommendations of Disciplinary Committee,” he added.
In maybe remembered that on May 31, Pakistan Cricket Board announced action against Shahid Afridi for breaches he has committed under the Central Contract signed with PCB. He breached Clause 2.1.4 of the Central Contract by announcing his retirement in the manner he did and Clause 4.4 by passing disparaging remarks about the board and its officials. He was issued a show cause notice and his Central Contract was suspended. Consequently all NOCs granted to him were revoked.
On June 2, after receiving response from Afridi on PCB’s show cause notice in which he admitted the breach of Code of Conduct, Pakistan Cricket Board formulated a Disciplinary Committee consisting of Sultan Rana (Director Domestic Cricket), Shafiq Ahmed (GM Domestic Cricket) and Usman Wahla (Manager International Cricket) and laid down the process of disciplinary proceedings in accordance with PCB Constitution. Afridi was asked to appear before the Committee on June 8th at GSL, Lahore.
Afridi filed a Constitutional Petition against the PCB in Sindh High Court and the Court stopped the Committee proceedings. On June 15, the PCB was informed by Afridi that the Constitutional petition filed by him had been dismissed. Therefore, in continuation of the procedure that had been postponed as per court orders, PCB directed Shahid Afrdi to appear in person before the Disciplinary Committee of PCB on June 16 at 3:00 PM at PCB Headquarters, Lahore.
Earlier, Afridi refused bow before the Pakistan Cricket Board for his behaviour that widened the regional differences. Appearing before the disciplinary committee, Afridi said he will not apologise to the PCB. “I accept my mistake but will not apologise,” he said while talking to journalists here at the National Cricket Academy. “I will speak only after the committee’s verdict,” he said.
Afridi’s lawyer Mehmood Mandviwala has said he hopes the all-rounder will get back his permission to play abroad, which would allow him to play in next month’s Sri Lankan Premier League.

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