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'PCB will accept whatever Sindh HC decides on Afridi's petition': Subhan Ahmed

June 8, 2011 - Karachi

The Pakistan Cricket Board will comply with the Sindh High Court order, which has suspended the PCB's disciplinary committee proceedings against former captain Shahid Afridi, and directed the board to submit its explanation on June 9.

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.

The PCB also formed a four-member disciplinary committee for hearing a disciplinary case against Afridi from June 8.

Afridi filed a petition at the SHC, protesting against the PCB's decision to suspend his central contract and revoke his NOCs, which prevented him from playing abroad.

"The court has suspended the hearing and the PCB is bound to abide by the High Court," The Daily Times quoted Afridi's lawyer Syed Ali Zafar, as telling reporters.

PCB officials have been summoned to appear before the SHC on Thursday.

PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed told reporters that the board would be represented by its lawyers.

"We will honour the orders of SHC," Ahmed said. "Our lawyers will appear before the court and we will accept whatever the court decides."

Afridi's differences with the PCB began soon after the Caribbean tour last month when he criticised the team management for interfering. He was subsequently removed as captain for the two-match series against Ireland.

Afridi quit international cricket in protest, criticising PCB officials, and said he would only resume his international career if the board were overhauled.


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