PCB to review ban on players after NA Committee recommendation
Islamabad: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports recommended the PCB to review the bans and fines slapped on seven players, saying that some of them, including former captains Younus Khan and Mohammed Yousuf, have not been treated fairly.
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt promptly accepted the recommendations and said the PCB would review the ban and fines imposed on the players following the national team`s disastrous Australian tour early this year.
The National Assembly committee chairman Iqbal Muhammad Khan told reporters that they had made this recommendation after watching the video footage of the inquiry committee proceedings into the Australian tour and after listening to the PCB officials and players.
"The way we look at it appears Younus Khan in particular and even Mohammed Yousuf have been not been treated fairly in the inquiry committee probe outcome. Going by what we have heard and seen, if at all players are to be penalised then the
entire team and even the management on the Australian tour should have been punished not just the players," Khan said.
"The committee after hearing everything believes it is time to move on with recommendations that in future the team management must be strong enough to take immediate action against players who are violate discipline instead of having such inquiries after the tour," he said.
"In the interest of fair play and the interest of Pakistan cricket we have recommended that the board review the bans and fines they imposed on players," he added.
Khan said Younus should be given another chance to resume his Pakistan career.
PCB Chairman Butt, who attended the NA committee hearing, later said that the bans and fines would be reviewed but under the Board constitution.
"We respect the recommendations of the committee and the board will review the bans and fines on the players. But we will be reviewing the penalties as per the constitution of the Board," Butt told reporters.
He said the findings of the appellate judge who is hearing the appeals of the players would also be taken into consideration while reviewing the penalties.
In March, the PCB acted on the recommendations of a probe committee that looked into the national team`s poor show in Australia and imposed indefinite bans on Younus and Yousuf and 12 month ban and fine of two million rupees each on Shoaib
Malik and Rana Naved.
The board also fined Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal three million rupees each and Umar Akmal two million rupees for violation of code of conduct during the Australian tour.