PCB Recommends Fine, Lifts NOC On Afridi
Following a disciplinary hearing in Lahore, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has recommended that former captain Shahid Afridi be handed a 4.5 million rupee fine.
However, after pleading guilty to breaching clauses in his central contract and the PCB code of conduct, the PCB has decided to allow his No Objection Certificate, which will allow him to play in the Friends Life t20 for Hampshire and the Sri Lanka Premier League, to stand.
Afridi had been summoned to stand before the board after a series of events that began in the West Indies when he publicly criticised coach Waqar Younis.
He subsequently announced his retirement from international cricket, again criticising members of team management and the board.
"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," a PCB statement explained.
"After detailed hearing Shahid Afridi regretted and pleaded guilty and requested the Committee to decide the matter. The Committee appreciated Shahid Afridi for recognizing his indiscretion and is treating the same as a mitigating circumstance.
"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 Shahid Afridi has been awarded penalties, therefore on his request committee recommended to PCBB that he be issued a NOC for playing for Hampshire. Chairman PCB has endorsed the recommendations of Disciplinary Committee."
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