Afridi replies notice; accepts breach of PCB code

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Karachi: Jun 2, 2011

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi on Wednesday accepted that he has violated the PCB’s code of conduct but expressed willingness to face disciplinary actions.

“Yes I have sent my reply to the board and I have accepted that I had violated the terms of my contract with them,” Afridi said from London.

“I am ready to face any questioning from the board in response to my reply to them,” he added.

The Pakistan Cricket Board, too, confirmed that Afridi has replied to the showcause notice, served on him for announcing retirement and his public outbursts against the board.

“He was given seven days to respond to the notice but he sent in his answer on Wednesday and now the board will allow the law to take its course,” said a senior board official.

The charges laid out against Afridi, including several violations of his central contract, include punishments ranging from heavy fines of up to 5 million rupees to bans of six months to five years.

A source in the board, however, said that chairman Ijaz Butt had the authority to reduce the penalties or accept a reply from any player who is charged with indiscipline.

Afridi appeared to have mellowed down after his lucrative contract with English county, Hampshire, failed to come through after the board, in a series of disciplinary measures, suspended his central contract and revoked all his no-objection certificates issued to him to play in foreign leagues.

Hampshire made it clear that they had sought clarification from the England and Wales cricket board but would not play Afridi or honor a contract with him unless it was clear he had a NOC to play from his home board.

Afridi, 31, who has appeared in 325 ODIs and 27 Tests, was sacked as one-day team captain after a row with coach Waqar Younis over selection issues.