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Afridi may skip PCB disciplinary hearing

Published: Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 12:41 [IST]
 
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Afridi may skip PCB disciplinary hearing

Karachi, Jun 6: Pakistan's sacked captain Shahid Afridi is likely to skip the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) disciplinary hearing on charges of violating the code of conduct, his lawyer said today.

Maintaining that it would be pointless to attend the hearing of the PCB on June 8 without the due process of law first being followed by the board, Afridi's lawyer Ali Zafar told a news conference.

"We are not satisfied with the process adopted by the board to hear out the charges against our client, " he said. "We have written to the board raising questions about the process being followed by the board. Our client has already been penalised without getting a fair chance to plead his case and explain his position."

Afridi has also requested the board to appoint a disciplinary committee of independent people instead of appointing their own employees on the commission.

Stating that it appeared as if the PCB had made up its mind on his case, Afridi said, "No charges have been proven against me yet and they have cancelled my NOCs and also suspended my contract."

Afridi's supporters turned out in force at the Karachi Press Club, raising slogans in favour of Afridi as the retired cricketer addressed the crowded conference with his legal team.

Zafar said that the PCB was a government organisation and had to follow procedures laid down in government manuals.

"We don''t understand what process they are following. We have written to them but if this same process is followed I don''t think we will attend the hearing. If our client is not given justice we have other alternatives open to us like going to the courts," he said. .

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