PCB likely to fine ~~A~~ team players for freak-out

Published: Thursday, May 11, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Embarrassed after it was revealed that four of the Pakistan 'A' players had ignored the team management and went for a freak-out in Dubai, where three of them spent a night in lock-up, PCB chief Shaharyar Khan said the cricketers face fine or reprimance if reports go against them.

Hasan Raza, Misbah-ul Haq, Taufeeq Umar and Zulqarnain Haider spent a night in Dubai without the permission of the team management and three of them, barring Raza, landed up in a police lock-up for traffic offences during the EurAsia Cup in Abu Dhabi.

Talking to reporters yesterday, Mr Khan, however, claimed that liquors recovered from the players' car in Dubai belonged to a friend but admitted leaving Abu Dhabi without the team manager's permission was a gross misconduct.

''We had cleared these players from alleged beer cans case that the Police recovered from their car. But one thing is very clear that the players went out of the city without team manager's permission and they will be punished for that after we get all the details,'' he said.

''We are waiting for the manager's report and if that says they had indeed gone out without seeking permission, we'll consider what action to take. We might fine them or reprimand them,'' he said.

He, however, sought to play down the issue and reminded all that Pakistan 'A', under Raza, who was adjudged Man of the Match and Player of the Series there -- had beaten arch-rivals India to win the title.

Earlier PCB Director Cricket Operations Saleem Altaf said an inquiry has been ordered in the case and the board was awaiting the team manager's report.

''We've asked the manager Shafiq Ahmed Papa to submit a report within the next two days on this incident but we do know from initial inquiries that these players left their station without permission of the management and this in itself is a seriously punishable offence,'' he said.

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