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PCB slaps Afridi with hefty fine but grants NOC

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Thu, Jun 16, 2011 18:37 hrs
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Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Thursday slapped Shahid Afridi with a fine of Pakistani Rs.4.5 million after the former captain admitted to violating the board's Code of Conduct.

Tafazzul Rizvi, the PCB's legal counsel, told reporters at the board headquarters in Lahore that a three-member disciplinary committee has also agreed to grant Afridi a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to play in the ongoing English Twenty20 tournament.

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"Afridi appeared before the committee for what was a long hearing and regretted for breaching the Code of Conduct," said Rizvi, who assisted the disciplinary committee headed by Sultan Rana, one of the board's directors.

"Afridi has accepted the fine. The committee has also decided to grant him an NOC to play in England," he added.

Afridi told reporters that he was "happy" over the outcome of Thursday's hearing.

"I am happy that the committee heard me properly and everything was sorted out amicably. This case brought a bad name for Pakistan and I am happy that it's over," he said.

The star allrounder, however, made it clear that he was in no mood to reverse his decision to retire from international cricket. "I am in no mood to play (international) cricket," he said.

Earlier, Afridi made it clear that he refused to apologise before the disciplinary committee.

"I admit I have made mistakes but the circumstances forced me to do things. But I have not apologised to the committee.

"Whatever decision the committee takes, it will be acceptable to me. I had outlined all the reasons and circumstances that led to my dispute with the board and strained relations within the team management," he said.

Afridi and the PCB were on a war path since early this month after the former captain announced his retirement from international cricket and directly blamed the board for his decision.

The PCB decided to hit back by suspending Afridi's central contract and revoking all the NOCs granted to the all-rounder that allowed him to feature in county events and Twenty20 leagues. The board accused Afridi of serious breaches of discipline.

The move that really hit Afridi hard was the board's decision to block his participation in the Twenty20 tournament in England by revoking the NOCs granted to him.

Afridi had signed a lucrative contract with Hampshire. He is now expected to leave for London over the weekend to join his team for the Twenty20 event.

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