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Disciplinary panel starts Shoaib inquiry


akhterMembers of Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) disciplinary committee met in Lahore on Friday to begin proceedings of an inquiry against pacer Shoaib Akhtar who was involved in a dressing room brawl with teammate Mohammad Asif.

A PCB official told ‘The News’ that the committee members had an initial meeting to discuss the case and will announce their course of action after meeting against at the PCB headquarters today.

Shafqat Naghmi, PCB’s Chief Operating Officer, Zakir Khan (Director Cricket Operations) and Nadeem Akram form the Board’s disciplinary committee.

Shoaib, 32, was sent back home from South Africa just days before the start of the inaugural World Twenty20 after he hit and injured Asif with a bat.

The Board announced that it would take further action against the player after a full-fledged inquiry. It is expected that the disciplinary committee will complete the inquiry within the next ten days.

The committee is expected to record statements of the players involved in the incident that took place in Johannesburg. It will hear Shoaib’s version apart from getting statements from Asif and all-rounder Shahid Afridi, a key witness.

The inquiry has almost ruled Shoaib out of the two-match Test series against South Africa starting in Karachi from October 1. There are chances that the committee will recommend strict action against the player, who has a record of disciplinary problems.

Source:Cricket News

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