Match Referee Chris Broad will conduct a hearing over charges against Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi under the ICC’s Code of Conduct in Cape Town this weekend, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said here on Friday.
Salim Altaf, PCB’s Director Operations, told this correspondent that Broad has informed the Pakistan team management that a hearing to decide Afridi’s fate would be held in Cape Town where Pakistan will play South Africa in the fourth one-dayer tomorrow (Sunday).
Afridi has been charged by the ICC for bringing the game into disrepute - a Level 3 offence - and faces a ban of up to eight One-day Internationals (ODIs).
The charge was laid by ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed following an incident during the first ODI held in Centurion last Sunday.
As Afridi walked up the stairs towards the dressing room after being dismissed, a spectator apparently said something to him and the player reacted by appearing to push his bat at the person in an aggressive manner, causing the spectator to take evasive action.
If the charge is proved, Afridi could miss the World Cup in the West Indies starting from March 13.
“We are hoping that Afridi is cleared because a ban can severely affect his chances of playing the World Cup,” said Altaf, a former Test cricketer.
Pakistan play two more one-dayers in South Africa and their next international assignment would be the World Cup where they play hosts the West Indies in the opening match.
A maximum eight-math ban would mean that Afridi would miss the best part of the World Cup where Pakistan are almost certain to at least make the Super Eight stage of the competition.
While Afridi remains in danger of getting a heavy ICC penalty, comeback opener Imran Nazir has been cleared of any misconduct.
According to Saleem Altaf, Chris Broad heard a complaint filed against Imran for allegedly using abusive language against South African fast bowler Andre Nel in the second one-dayer in Durban on Wednesday.
“(Pakistan team manager) Talat Ali has informed us that the charge against Imran Nazir has been dropped after a hearing in Port Elizabeth before the start of the third one-dayer,” Altaf said.
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