Pak players may risk career by joining politics, says PCB expert

Karachi: An expert close to Pakistan Cricket Board`s (PCB) think tank has advised cricketers to stay away from active politics, saying that a player may risk his career by mixing politics with sports.

This came on the heels of speculations that celebrated cricketer Shahid Afridi has affiliated himself with one of the major political parties of Pakistan ahead of the general elections in the country on May 11, although Afridi is yet to confirm the development.

Although the expert said that there is no clause in the central contracts of the cricketers that bars them from having an affiliation with political parties, their stature demands that they do not join any political party while they are still playing.

Stating that it is the constitutional right of all the citizens to choose any leadership or join any party, the expert said that a player may risk his career if he joins politics as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) may impose a restriction on such a player, leaving him with the option of either joining politics or continuing his career.

According to the expert, any player who has signed the central contract is bound to give 100 per cent commitment to the PCB, adding that all the national cricketers come under the board`s code of conduct.

However, the official said that such a scenario would not present itself since an active political role would seriously harm a player`s career, adding that there will be repercussions on a player joining politics if a rival party of his adopted leadership wins the elections.