PCB imposes bans, fines on players

LAHORE: After the crushing defeat by Australia, meted out to the National cricket team, the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) has imposed bans, fines on various cricket players, held responsible for their poor performance.

In the light of recommendations by inquiry committee, PCB has imposed one-year ban on playing of all-rounder Shoaib Malik and Rana Naveed-ul-Hasan, alongwith a fine for Rs 2 million each.

Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Omar Akmal have been issued final warnings to improve their disciplinary behavior; while both Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal has been fined Rs. three million and Omar Akmal has been fined Rs. two million. These three have also been placed on a six-month probational period.

Sources have also said that a 15-member National squad for the forthcoming 20/20 cricket world cup has also been finalized by the National Selection Committee.

Shoaib Malik, Rana Naveed-ul-Hasan, Younas Khan and Muhammad Yousaf have not been included in the squad, while Muhammad Hafeez, Salman Butt, Khalid Lateef, Omar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Misbah-ul-Haq, Abdul Razaq, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Hammad Azam, Omar Gul, Muhammad Aamir, Muhammad Asif, Saeed Ajmal, and Kamran Akmal, are included.

The selection committee has also finalized the names of 5 reserved players, which include, Shahzeb, Muhammad Sami, Raza Hassan, Naveed Yasin, and Sarfaraz Ahmad.

PCB would be making the enquiry report public within the next few days.

Muhammed Yousuf and Younis Khan have been banned from international cricket for life.