Afridi should have been punished earlier: Zaheer Abbas

Last Updated: Tue, Jun 14, 2011 07:47 hrs

Dubai: Expressing his concern over the latest controversy that has damaged the image of Pakistan cricket, legendary batsman Zaheer Abbas has said that the both the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as well as former captain Shahid Afridi had committed mistakes to blow things out of proportion.

Following Afridi's sudden retirement and his harsh words against the PCB in the wake of his removal as Pakistan ODI skipper, the PCB had suspended his central contract and revoked all No Objection Certificates (NOCs) issued to him.

On the other hand, Afridi filed a petition in the Sindh High Court against sanctions imposed on him by the PCB, and appealed for a stay order against the punishments against him.

"Some are saying Afridi is right and some others are saying PCB is right. Frankly, both are wrong. When Afridi made a few mistakes the board did not do anything and let him go. So, Afridi went on pushing his luck," Gulf News quoted Abbas, as saying.

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"If the board had strictly enforced the rule during his very first mistake, the whole incident would not have happened," he added.

The 63-year-old further criticized the PCB for being ineffective in the past in the context of enforcing discipline.

"Any player breaking the law should be punished immediately. He has to be told that he is not above the game. When Afridi chewed the ball and scratched the ball, nothing was done. Then when he was named captain of the Pakistan team at Lord's, he resigned," Abbas said.

"The number of times the board let him go scot-free is many. This sends a wrong message to the other players in the team and it also will prove that player power is stronger than the board," he added.

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