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PCB probe panel recommends fine on Akmal, Afridi

March 04, 2010 11:03 IST

Kamran AkmalA Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) inquiry committee has recommended hefty fines on senior players Kamran Akmal and Shahid Afridi for breach of conduct during the team's disastrous tour of Australia.

Sources close to the inquiry committee, constituted by the PCB to probe into the team's poor performance in Australia, said that fines were recommended for Akmal and Afridi for violating players' code of conduct in Australia and spoiling Pakistan cricket's image.

"The recommendations are for hefty fines on both players but PCB chairman Ejaz Butt has the authority to revise the recommended fine amount or even decide against imposing the fines," one source said.

The probe panel, headed by PCB chief operating officer Wasim Bari, recommended fine on Afridi for his bizarre ball-tampering incident in the Perth ODI while found Akmal guilty of other breaches of discipline.

The source said besides the fine, the committee had also made recommendations like making it binding on every player to declare his total assets annually and get PCB clearance before they can talk to media.

"The (proposed) clause (in player's central contract) also makes it clear that no player is allowed to speak on policy decisions of the board," the source said.

PCB legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi, who is a member of the inquiry committee, confirmed that the chairman would have the final say in all matters.

"The committee has finalised and submitted its report and made all recommendations unanimously but the chairman can decide to accept all recommendations or turn down some of them," Rizvi said.

He said since the inquiry committee report was a confidential document, he could not reveal its details but could confirm that the committee had tried to be fair in his recommendations.

"We have made recommendations which we feel are fair and just in the circumstances. Now the chairman will decide what to do," he said.

The Pakistan board said in a statement that the inquiry committee report was under internal deliberation at the moment and the board would make its finding public in the next few days.

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