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Pakistan A players may face disciplinary action


Three members of the Pakistan A team, which recently won the Eurasia Cup final in Abu Dhabi, might face some disciplinary action if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirms they went to Dubai without permission.

Misbah-ul-Haq, Taufeeq Umar and Zulqarnain Haider had to be rescued from the police lock-up after nearly two and a half hours by the Pakistan team management in Dubai after they were detained by the traffic police who found out their friend was over-speeding.

“We’ve spoken to the coach (Rashid Khan) and we are waiting a report from manager Shafiq Ahmed. Initial information is that perhaps these boys went to Dubai without permission of the management,” Director Cricket Operations PCB, Saleem Altaf told ‘The News’.

“This is not confirmed as yet and it appears to be a case of the players being caught up in an offence committed by their friend and being detained as they didn’t have their relevant documents with them to confirm their identity,” Altaf said.

The three players, two of whom — Misbah and Taufeeq — have also played for the senior team, went to Dubai one day before the final with a friend to do some shopping according to the team management.

According to the official version when they were returning from Dubai in the evening their friend was booked by the traffic police for over-speeding and since the players didn’t have any ID on them, they were detained in the police station.

“The players were released as soon as the team manager went to the station with their relevant documents including passport to confirm their identities,” an official said. Altaf, however, said there was no confirmation about talk about liquor being found in the friend’s car. “The management has told us this is not correct. They were only detained for over-speeding and we accept that as the traffic laws in Dubai are very firm.”

He said once the report was received from the manager and if there was any breach of discipline then obviously the Board would further take up the matter. “But it is premature to say anything until we get the report,” Altaf added.

Source:The News

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