PCB to take action against Pak ~~A~~ players

Published: Tuesday, May 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Detained briefly in Dubai for ''traffic offences'', the woes are far from over for Misbah-ul-Haq, Taufeeq Umar and Zulqarnain Haider as PCB contemplates disciplinary action against the trio for leaving Abu Dhabi without the team management's permission.

The players, members of the Pakistan 'A' team, which recently won the EurAsia Cup in Abu Dhabi, spent two-and-a-half hours in the lock-up in Dubai for traffic offence and later it was found that the players had not bothered to consult the team management before leaving Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan Cricket Board Director, Cricket Operations, Saleem Altaf told ''The News'' that the Board would consider punishment after receiving the team manager's report.

''We've spoken to the coach and we are waiting for a report from manager Shafiq Ahmed. Initial information is that perhaps these boys went to Dubai without permission of the management,'' he said.

Asked why the players were detained in Dubai, Altaf said, ''This is not confirmed as yet and it appears to be a case of the players being caught up in an offence committed by their friend and being detained as they didn't have their relevant documents with them to confirm their identity.'' Among the three players, Misbah and Taufeeq, have played for the senior team and they reportedly went to Dubai a day before the final with a friend for some shopping there.

PCB maintains the friend was booked by the traffic police for over-speeding and the players were detained because they had no identity cards with them.

The players were released after the team manager rushed to the police station with relevant documents.

Altaf, meanwhile, could not confirm the fact that liquour was found in the car.

''The management has told us this is not correct. They were only detained for over-speeding and we accept that as the traffic laws in Dubai are very firm,'' he added.

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