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Rawalpindi Express Or Rawalpindi Problem

Written by Commoner on August 11th, 2007   (409 views)

The contentious fast bowler of Pakistan Shoaib Akhtar cricket team again came into spotlight for all the wrong reasons after he was fined Rs.300, 000 by PCB for successive acts of indiscipline during the recent cricket camp in Karachi.

Shoaib Akhtar was also docked 1.5 points (0.5 point for his first act and 1 point for his second violation) from a total of 20 to be awarded by the Pakistan Cricket Board through the year over discipline as per the new central contract. Shoaib Akhtar now has 18.5 points in the remaining period of the year according to the central contract which is effective from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008. He has been penalized because he missed the training camp in Karachi on 04th August without the permission of Manager PCB and the team doctor as well. For this act of Shoaib Akhtar, he could be penalized for Rs. 100,000 but since Shoaib Akhtar did no appear before the PCB on Tuesday to defend his case, again fine of Rs. 200,000 has now been imposed upon him. The penalties were announced according to the central contract clause 16 which relates to breach of code of conduct. But Shoaib Akhtar has right to appeal against the verdict within the next 15 days.

He was named in the Pakistan squad for the Twenty20 World Championship, also broke dressing room mirror at the National Stadium last week in an outburst that followed a wayward spell of three overs which cost him 31 runs.

Obviously, it would convey a strong message to other players that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will not compromise on discipline t all. No player is above the law and no one should test the board on matters of discipline and fitness.

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