ICL: Indian Cricket League

Players gross misconduct in Abu Dhabi uncovered


One can understand the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) not being very keen on making an issue of the case of three members of the Pakistan A team being hauled up by the police for over-speeding in Abu Dhabi during the just concluded Eurasia Cup tournament, writes Waheed Khan.

But now ‘The News’ can reveal that not only Taufeeq Umar, Misbah-ul-Haq and wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider were involved in gross misconduct that led to them landing up in jail, but captain Hasan Raza had also accompanied them to Dubai.

After learning the facts of this incident there is no doubt that all the four players violated the players code of conduct by speeding off to Dubai soon after the match against Sri Lanka held on May 3 without informing or taking the permission of the team management.

A PCB source confirmed that Misbah, Taufeeq, Zulqarnain and Hasan went to Dubai around midnight and only returned around 6.00 in the morning the next day.

“The truth is that Hasan returned in another car with a friend and reached the team hotel in Abu Dhabi safely but Misbah, Taufeeq and Zulqarnain were travelling in another car with another friend and on their way to the hotel were detained by the police after two beer cans were discovered from the boot of the car,” the source stated.

“What is confirmed is that the players themselves were not drinking but their friend had consumed a couple of beers and when the police checked him out they became suspicious and inspected the boot where the cans were found. After which all four were sent to the Al-Zaba lock-up.” Alcohol is banned in Abu Dhabi.

The source disclosed that the three players were only released around 8.00pm on May 4 just one day before the final against India after spending nearly a day in the lock-up and only after hectic efforts made by the team management who sought the help of the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council (ADCC) and later the cricket board.

“During their time in the lock-up they had to undergo blood and other tests as the police suspected them of also consuming some liquor. But they were clean but remained behind bars, as they didn’t have their visas or other identification with them. The team management was also helpless as they had sent visas of all players to the travel agents for the return flight confirmations,” the source said, adding, “The visas were only obtained late evening after which the players were released.”

The source admitted that the Board needed to take action against all the four players, for first and foremost violating the team discipline by leaving the team hotel late night without informing the management and secondly for staying out all night.

“An example needs to be made of these players who are not even members of the senior team and fighting for places for the England tour. Secondly, they are also contracted to the Board as they are paid monthly retainers. The irony is that nowadays even the members of the national team don’t indulge in such foolhardy behaviour and are very disciplined in their timings and careful about their conduct,” the source noted.

Source:The News

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