PCB not to disclose inquiry committee details

The PCB will not release the details of the inquiry committee report on the basis of which seven players were slapped with severe bans and fines.

updated: March 11, 2010 17:22 IST
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PCB chairman Ejaz Butt on Thursday made it clear that the board will not release the details of the inquiry committee report on the basis of which seven top players were slapped with severe bans and fines.

"It is a confidential document and it will remain confidential. The action we have taken against these players is not only under the code of conduct but also under the inherent powers of the board. Where absolutely necessary we will share it but strictly confidentially," PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt said.

Seven senior players were punished by the board on Wednesday following an inquiry committee report into a disastrous tour of Australia. Younus Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan were handed bans, while the Akmal brothers and Shahid Afridi were handed fines.

Concerns have been raised about the legal process followed in handing out the punishments and the lack of information on the charges.

Butt said the players had the fundamental right to appeal against their bans and fines but the board will stand firm.

"There is lot of talent in Pakistan and players must realise that until they don't give 100 per cent commitment to the team cause they will be disciplined."

He also added that he was not apologetic over his decision to penalise the players as he felt this was necessary to discourage a culture of indiscipline and groupings within the team.

"For too long these problems have been going on and on and you can't have a situation where players are putting themselves above the team and country. We felt this was the best time now to take action," Butt said.

Although the board has not laid down the charges against the players punished by it but reliable sources close to the development said that there were different charges against the erring players.

"Muhammad Yousuf and Younus Khan have been put out of international action for an indefinite period because of their attitude problems," a source said.

"The inquiry committee during the course of its hearings came to the conclusion that Yousuf and Younus had attitude and ego problems and at times had sacrificed team interest to settle scores," the source added.

He said that Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved were banned and fined because they were found to have deliberately under-performed in some matches to undermine the captain.

"The inquiry committee concluded that both Malik and Rana were guilty of under-performing to undermine Younus Khan and even Muhammad Yousuf on different occasions when they were captaining the team."

The source added that there were other charges against Malik of spreading intrigue within the team and also demoralising other players.

The charge against Shahid Afridi was purely based on his ball tampering incident while the Akmal brothers were fined because they repeatedly violated the code of conduct in New Zealand and Australia, another source added.