Islamabad:Pakistani senators on Monday demanded "strict action" against dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who was caught tampering with the ball in a one-day
match in Australia.
The Senate standing committee on sports made the call after discussing Pakistan's woeful performance on a tour of Australia and the Afridi case.
"We should not select Afridi for some time and tell the world that we are not cheats and we know how to deal with indisciplined players," said Senator Tariq Azeem, calling for a five-year ban on the all-rounder.
But the committee stopped short of calling for such a hefty punishment, instead demanding that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) take "strict action" against Afridi and ban him for at least three series.
The all-rounder was caught on television biting the ball twice during the fifth and final one-day match against Australia in Perth late last month.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Ranjan Madugalle handed him a ban of two Twenty20 matches. Afridi later apologised.
"I shouldn't have done it. It just happened. I was trying to help my bowlers and win a match, one match," said Afridi.
Azeem said the PCB should penalize the all-rounder.