Afridi ready to face PCB disciplinary hearing

Karachi: Pakistan`s former one-day team captain Shahid Afridi has agreed to appear before a Pakistan Cricket Board disciplinary committee to face charges of breaching the board`s code of conduct, the PCB said.

The all-rounder had demanded an independent tribunal should evaluate the charges brought against him.

Afridi was charged earlier this month with breaching the code by abruptly announcing his retirement from international cricket to the media and making disparaging comments about board officials.

He announced his retirement after the PCB removed him as captain for a one-day series against Ireland.

A PCB official told Reuters that lawyers for Afridi had sent them a letter confirming the player was now ready to face the disciplinary committee.

"He will now appear before the disciplinary committee on Thursday afternoon to respond to the charges against him," chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed said.

"We have received the copy of the court order confirming withdrawal of the case by Afridi and also that he is ready to face disciplinary proceedings now."

Afridi on Wednesday withdrew a petition from the Sindh High Court that he had filed against the disciplinary proceedings.

Ahmed said the disciplinary hearing was scheduled at short notice on the request of Afridi`s lawyers as the player was keen to represent Hampshire in the English T20 championship.

Bureau Report