PCB to examine Akhtar's recent statement

Updated: 13 September 2008 18:09 IST

The PCB on Tuesday said it would be examining the recent statement made by controversial pacer Shoaib Akhtar in India during a television reality show.

PCB to examine Akhtar's recent statement

Karachi:

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday said it would be examining the recent statement made by controversial pacer Shoaib Akhtar in India during a television reality show.

Akhtar said egoistic people in the PCB had caused damage to not only him but Pakistan cricket in general.

"Obviously there's a code of conduct for players and those concerned with it will examine it ... if it comes in the purview of the code of conduct," Media Director of PCB, Mansoor Suhail said.

He, however, stressed that the Board had been encouraging Akhtar's participation in cricket and not blocking his comeback in any way.

"Normally I would not have liked to make a comment on such a statement because things are quite evident to the general public but I feel like making a comment because PCB has gone out of the way for Akhtar to encourage him to participate in cricket," Suhail said.

"We have followed a parallel course for him. He had to pay a fine as a result of the Lahore High Court judgement and still has to but we have not blocked the procedure as such and we have permitted him to carry on with the selection process and that's basically because we want to encourage him to participate in cricket," he stated.

Suhail said the PCB considered Akhtar as a useful member of the team. "He is one of our star bowlers but yes his recent statement has come as a bit of surprise to us."

Another senior PCB official said that the Board had a disciplinary committee headed by General Retd Muneer Hafeez and including Farooq Rehmatullah and Human Resource Director, Nadeem Akram and it is up to them to take the matter.

"They have the power to take suo moto notice of Akhtar's statement," he said.

Akhtar's participation in the reality dance show whose footage and shots were highlighted in the local media has caused mixed reactions in the nation's cricket circles, with the general opinion being that the fast bowler has shot off again as he also realises that the current set-up might be changed by newly elected President Asif Zardari.

Suhail said that the election of a new Chairman after the resignation of Nasim Ashraf should not take a very long time.

"We hope this situation will not be like this for a very long time and we will have a new Chairman soon to provide the due leadership to PCB. I wish I would know who that person would be," he added.

Topics : Cricket Shoaib Akhtar
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