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Local coaches were pleased with the outcome of a four-day seminar on Modern day coaching and fielding techniques in cricket that concluded at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore on Monday.

Former Test cricketer Rashid Khan, one of the coaches who attended the seminar, told this correspondent that he and fellow colleagues ‘gained a lot of technical know how about modern techniques from some of the leading experts’ during the seminar. “It was a great learning experience,” said Rashid, who was the coach of the Pakistan A team that won the EurAsia Cup title in Abu Dhabi earlier this year.

Coach downplays incident over EurAsia Series prize distribution

A top Pakistan A team official downplayed an incident when the accumulated prize from the EurAsia Cricket Series in Abu Dhabi was equally distributed between the players and the team management against the rules and regulations set by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Former Test cricketer Rashid Khan, who coached Pakistan A to a title-winning triumph in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, told ‘The News’ that a controversy is being cooked up over the distribution of prize money for no rhyme or reason.

“There was an unintentional mistake on the part of team officials while distributing the prize money,” said Rashid. “But it wasn’t a case of dishonesty,” he stressed.

PCB upholds penalty on A team players

Captain Hasan Raza and three other members of Pakistan A cricket team were penalised by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday for breaching players’ code of conduct during the A team’s recent visit to Abu Dhabi for Eurasia Cup.

The decision in this connection was taken by the PCB after receiving the detailed report of Pakistan A team’s manager. It was decided that the disciplinary action was taken against the following players including skipper Hasan Raza, Taufeeq Umar, Misbah-ul-Haq and Zulqarnain Haider, said a PCB release issued here on Sunday.

Four Pakistani cricketers fined $300

Four Pakistan ‘A’ cricketers have been penalised $300 each for visiting Dubai from Abu Dhabi without permission on the eve of the EurAsia Series final against India ‘A’ May 5.

Captain Hasan Raza, Taufeeq Umar, Misbah-ul-Haq and Zulqarnain Haider have each been slapped one-day’s earning, or $300, by the team manager, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement here.

PCB also decided to reprimand the four players. All four will be free to continue playing domestic cricket.

Manager submits report to PCB on Abu Dhabi incident

The manager of the Pakistan A team that recently won the EurAsia Cricket Series in Abu Dhabi has submitted his report on the entire happenings of the tour and has mentioned the incident involving four players.

A source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Shafiq Ahmed had delivered the report on Thursday to the Board offices and had outlined in detail that Hasan Raza, Misbah-ul-Haq, Taufeeq Umar and Zulqarnain Haider did indeed go to Dubai without informing the management.

A senior official of the Board has said that this in itself was a serious punishable offence.

Shaharyar plays down Abu Dhabi indiscipline incident

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.

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.

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’.

Rashid Khan praises Pakistan A team efforts in EurAsia Series

The Pakistan A team coach, Rashid Khan showered praise on his team members on Saturday and described them as a complete unit as they greatly lifted themselves to beat India in the EurAsia Series final in Abu Dhabi.

“I think the players really picked up their game dramatically. Their body language was completely different and they were charged up to play in a final against India. It showed in their performance,” former Test player Rashid Khan said.

The Pakistan A team returns home today after handing out the strong Indian A team, their only defeat of the tournament.

Yasir denies making controversial remarks

Pakistan’s discarded batsman Yasir Hameed denied making any controversial remarks in an interview to a Gulf newspaper, which has caught the attention of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Yasir told ‘The News’ from Abu Dhabi, where he is representing the Pakistan A side in the Eurasia Cup, that what he had said had been misunderstood by the newspaper.

“I just told them that I didn’t want to play in this tournament as I was to get married on April 27. But due to the tournament I had to delay my wedding to May 15 because the selectors told me I had to play,” he explained.