July 14: The Pakistan Cricket Board has returned the money it deducted from the funds of four players when they were fined heavily for creating in-fights within the team during the disastrous tour of Australia.
According to the PTI reports, PCB's finance department in a show of great urgency returned the fine amount of Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik, who were penalized in March by the board's inquiry committee set up to probe the national team's poor show in Australia.
Afridi and Kamran were fined three million rupees, while Umar and Malik were penalized two million each.
The PCB inquiry committee had even imposed a one-year ban on Malik for indiscipline during the tour but the board's appeal's commissioner later cleared him of any wrongdoing, thereby opening the door for the former captain's return to the national team.
A source said that since Afridi's fine was removed completely and the fines of other players were halved, they approached the board for return of their funds. The source added that PCB chairman Ejaz Butt had flown to England last week with cheques for the players.
"Butt handed over the cheques of the deducted amounts to the players when he met them in London before the first Test, the source added.
"The idea was that the players should have a peace of mind before the start of the Test series. Secondly, the players were right in their apprehensions as the finance department acted too hastily while deducting the total fines from the players earnings," the source claimed.
PCB inquiry committee had also banned Rana Naved for a year and fined him two million rupees but his appeal is still pending with the appeal's commissioner.