WC 2003 - Afridi punished for sledging during India match

Published: Friday, March 14, 2003, 22:25 [IST]
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Islamabad: Pakistan's flamboyant batsman Shahid Afridi has been banned from playing in next month's tri-nation One-day tournament in Sharjah and also fined 50 per cent of his match fee on charges of sledging against Indian batsmen and an umpire during Pakistan's World Cup match against India in South Africa.The punishment was handed down by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Wednesday, a media release said on Thursday. Afridi was found guilty of sledging Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sewhag and also English umpire David Shepherd during the match played in Centurion on March 1. "We received an official complaint from the International Cricket Council (ICC) supported with evidence. The players were told prior to their departure for South Africa that no indiscipline will be tolerated. Unfortunately, Shahid Afridi breached the players Code of Conduct and had to be penalised," a PCB spokesman was quoted as saying. Afridi has, however, been allowed to represent his team in the ongoing National Bank Patron's Cup One-day tournament.The two-day meeting of the PCB also decided to name the team for the Sharjah tournament on March 24 after the completion of the Patron's Cup, the release said."No decision on the future of the senior players has been taken as the selectors are still in discussion and would only finalise the 15-men team once they watch the matches," said PCB chief Lt Gen Tauqir Zia.The PCB has also not decided about the captain of the team. "Let the selectors first submit a squad of 15 and after that only the captain will be picked," Zia said.The Sharjah tournament, to be played from April 1 to 10, will have Sri Lanka and South Africa as the two other teams. PTI Copyright AFP 2001


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