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Danish Kaneria facing disciplinary action


kaneriaLeg spinner Danish Kaneria may land into trouble after launching a scathing attack on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) policy for central contracts as the PCB’s top brass has referred his case to the Board’s disciplinary committee.

PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf told ‘The News’ on Friday that the Board has taken notice of Kaneria’s column on a website in which the player questioned the central contracts policy after being demoted to Category C in the new list announced last month.

“We have a clear of Code of Conduct and if Kaneria is found guilty of violating it then he will be facing strict punishment,” Ashraf said. Having played 51 Tests, Kaneria is among the most senior players in the Pakistan team. But he was demoted to Category C which also has youngsters like newcomer Fawad Alam. Kaneria wrote in his column that he was frustrated at being bracketed with players who have played fewer matches than him.

“I have played 51 Tests now and once I pass Abdul Qadir’s 236 Test wickets, hopefully this year, I will then only have the fast bowlers ahead of me — Waqar Younis, Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. I just feel that achievement deserves a bit more respect. I am respected more when I play at Essex,” he wrote.

Ashraf said that the Board cannot overlook public criticism of its policies by players contracted by it. “We devised a transparent formula to evaluate the players,” he said. “The players were promoted, demoted, dropped or inducted (in the central contracts list) on the basis of that formula,” he added.

The PCB chief said that Kaneria’s case would be discussed by the Board’s disciplinary committee later this month. Senior all-rounder Shahid Afridi might also be referred to the disciplinary committee on the basis of a media statement in which he claimed that Pakistan’s performance is affected by a lack of unity and spirit in the national team due to the attitude of some players.

Afridi alleged that some of his teammates are harbouring bad intentions which have affected the team’s morale in the recent past. Ashraf, however, said that he was unaware of such a statement.

He did speak on the Shoaib Akhtar saga, making it clear that the fast bowler will only be able to win back his place in the Pakistan team for the home series against Australia if he proves his fitness in this month’s Pentangular Cup.

“We don’t care about stars or their celebrity status. For us the best player is who is fit, in form and gives his best for the team,” Ashraf said. “As far as Shoaib is concerned, he should know that the only way to get back to the (Pakistan) team is by justifying his place and he can only do that by proving his form and fitness in the Pentangular Cup.”

Ashraf rejected the impression that Shoaib’s refusal to sign a retainership contract would block his re-entry to the Pakistan team. “If he (Shoaib) doesn’t want to take the retainer, it’s his decision. We won’t stop him from playing for Pakistan on that ground.”

Source:Cricket News

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