Lahore : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed its concerns over the political interference in the affairs of the board regarding a disciplinary matter related with former captain Shahid Afridi. According to a press statement, a number of political functionaries are interfering in what is essentially an internal disciplinary matter of the PCB.
Despite the extremely irresponsible attitude and inflammatory statements of Shahid Afridi, PCB reiterated that he will be given every opportunity to clarify his position and present his case before the disciplinary committee. The party aggrieved by the decision of the committee will have the right to approach an appellate tribunal comprising of retired Supreme Court/High Court judges.
Chairman PCB stated, “It is disappointing that despite Afridi has pleaded guilty to the offenses, some political functionaries are extending their support with a view to influencing the disciplinary process being followed by PCB. An understanding needs to be developed amongst all stakeholders, media and the politicians that no one is above the law and that for maintaining discipline within the Team, it is absolutely imperative that we carry out of this process without any fear or favour. PCB has been criticized for being ineffective in the past in the context of discipline.
It would now appear an attempt by some forces to prevent the Board from implementing the code of conduct and their act may well damage Pakistan Cricket, if they continue to lend support to Afridi and exert undue pressure on PCB for their ‘non-cricketing’ interests”, the statement further added.
Meanwhile In response to certain reports in a section of media, Pakistan Cricket Board states that it will have no objection if the Disciplinary Committee allows Shahid Afridi to be assisted/represented by a lawyer during the Disciplinary proceedings.
According to PCB Media Department, PCB reiterates to provide fair and just opportunity to Shahid Afridi to present his defense with regard to violations of the Central Contract and PCB Code of Conduct.