Shoaib asked to explain his nightouts in Sydney

Published: Sunday, February 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Ahead of tomorrow's deadline for Shoaib Akhtar to submit his written reply to the four-point chargesheet, Pakistan Cricket Board has said the charges mentioned in the show cause notice to the fast bowler include allegations of nightouts during the Sydney Test.

PCB Chairman told PTI here today that during his "hard talk" with Shoaib in Lahore on Friday, he had broached the subject of his alleged visits to nightclubs in Australia.

"Shoaib Akhtar started explaining his position but he was candidly told to submit his explanation in writing," he said without elaborating further.

Shoaib was slapped with the "chargesheet" three days ago when he met Shaharyar in Lahore where he was at the receiving end of a "hard talk" pertaining to his off-field conduct.

He was asked to submit a written reply by February 7 after which it would be considered by a three-member inquiry committee that includes former Test captain Imtiaz Ahmed, Director (Operations) of PCB Abbas Zaidi and Legal Advisor Asghar Haider.

"The recommendations of the committee will be assessed by the Disciplinary Committee (headed by Justice Karamat Bhandari) which will give its final verdict. I will come into the picture if and when Shoaib appeals against the penalties, if any," Shaharyar said.

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