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Shaharyar plays down Abu Dhabi indiscipline incident

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The news conference of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman held at the National Stadium here on Wednesday provided an interesting insight into how senior officials in the Board are approaching and handling the issue of four members of the Pakistan A team in Abu Dhabi indulging in indiscipline during the recently held Eurasia Cup.

When asked about the incident involving captain Hasan Raza, Misbah-ul-Haq, Taufeeq Umar and Zulqarnain Haider when they spent a night in Dubai without the permission of the team management and three of them ended up for a day in a police lock-up due to their indiscretions, Chairman Shaharyar Khan tried to play down the issue insisting it was not a serious issue.

He, in fact, maintained that it was not a major incident and one should remember that the Pakistan team had won the final against archrivals India.

When one spoke to the Director Cricket Operations PCB, Saleem Altaf earlier in the day on the incident, he stated clearly that an inquiry was being held into possible indiscipline from the players. “We’ve asked the manager Shafiq Ahmed Papa to submit a report within the next two days on this incident but we do know from initial inquiries that these players left their station without permission of the management and this in itself is a seriously punishable offence.”

“They could be fined for going to Dubai without permission. But I wouldn’t like to comment on other issues linked to this incident until we get the manager’s report. But certainly they could be fined for an apparent serious offence,” Altaf said.

When one drew the attention of Shaharyar to what his DCO had said and confirmed that the four players had indeed violated team discipline by going to Abu Dhabi, he then retorted that a decision would be taken after getting the manager’s report. “If the report says they’ve indeed gone out with permission then we’ll consider what action to take. We might fine them or reprimand them.”

Director Board Operations, Abbas Zaidi insisted the whole incident had been blown up by the Indian press and what was important was that the team had done well to win the final. “You can’t be a schoolmaster to these players all the time. Sometimes, minor things happen and we’ve to handle those properly. This issue is not that serious.”

But a Board official, when asked whether the Board would’ve handled this issue as lightly as it was at the moment if Pakistan had lost the final, quipped: “If they had lost the final things would be different.”

Source:The News

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