PCB issues show cause notices to Hafeez, Umar Akmal
Lahore: The Pakistan cricket Board has issued show cause notices to national team players, Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal for giving unauthorised interviews to the media.
Taking a strong exception to its code of conduct breach by the players, the PCB has asked the duo to explain how they gave interviews to the media without prior permission of the Board.
"It is the policy of the Board and clearly laid down in the central contracts of players that they can only give interviews after getting permission from team management or the Board," a senior board official said.
He said that both the players could face fines if their replies did not satisfy the Board.
"Under the new clauses of their contracts players can`t give interviews without permission as the board tries to introduce a semblance of order and discipline in the team," the PCB official said.
The notices to the two players come close on the heels of the fiasco involving the PCB and former captain Shahid Afridi, who was also fined 4.5 million rupees for breaching the code of conduct.
Hafeez in his interview spoke on the captaincy issue and stated that if he was given an opportunity to lead the team he would not back out.
While Akmal in his interview expressed his keenness to bat at the number four position.
The PCB recently also issued a notice to national selector, Mohammad Illyas for speaking to the media on the Shahid Afridi issue.