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PCB-Afridi court tussle will open 'embarrassing can of worms' for Pak cricket: Analyst


June 11, 2011 - Islamabad

The ongoing court hearing into the standoff between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and ex-captain Shahid Afridi is going to be "bad for Pakistan's reputation" because a "lot of hidden facts" will come out of the closet, a popular cricket commentator and analyst has said.

Following Afridi's sudden retirement and his harsh words against the PCB in the wake of his removal as Pakistan's one-day international (ODI skipper) by the board, the PCB had suspended his central contract and revoked all No Objection Certificates (NOCs) issued to him.

Afridi had filed a petition in the Sindh High Court against sanctions imposed on him by the PCB, and appealed for a stay order against the punishments against him.

Former Pakistani bowler Sikander Bakht, who is now a commentator and analyst, expressed concern over the involvement of the court's in Afridi's case, which does not look likely to get resolved anytime soon.

"Now that the case has been taken to the Court, a lot of hidden facts will be revealed, and this is certainly not a good scenario! It is going to be bad for Pakistan's reputation and will be a cause for embarrassment to all of us," PakPassion.net quoted Sikander, as saying.

"Afridi should have opted for a compromise [with the PCB] instead of taking the matter to the Court," he opined.

The commentator said that Afridi is "aggressive by nature and he is an outspoken person, so he couldn't manage the players properly - he failed to handle the captaincy with diplomacy."

Sikander, who has worked with the Pakistan team in the past as an analyst, believes that indiscipline should be nipped in the bud.

Citing the example of Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal, who had allegedly feigned injury during Pakistan's tour to Australia in 2009/2010, he stated: "When Umar Akmal refused to play after Kamran was dropped, he should have been sent to Pakistan right away."

"The PCB should take immediate action the moment a youngster is found guilty of a breach of discipline. Take action before they become stars," Sikander said.

Afridi's case is slightly different, he noted, saying: "Afridi is a huge star now - You cannot treat him in this manner now."

ANI

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