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PCB decides to ‘punish’ Shaheen Afridi

11 July, 2024 20:29

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has launched investigation into the recent altercation between star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi and batting coach Mohammad Yousuf during a practice session at Headingley on the team’s England tour.

According to sources, Afridi’s behavior was deemed inappropriate when he was criticized by Yousuf for bowling too many no-balls during practice session.

Afridi retorted back while saying, “Let me practice for now, and don’t talk in the middle.” This remark triggered a heated confrontation between the two individuals.

While the immediate matter was resolved, the incident has sparked a broader inquiry into why no immediate disciplinary action was taken against Afridi.

The PCB is also probing the formation of player lobbies within the team, which are believed to be contributing to a negative atmosphere.

The PCB also planned to address these issues by providing more opportunities to domestic performers in the upcoming home series against Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, PCB announced the formation of new selection committee featuring former Pakistan cricketers, coaches and white and red ball captains.

Former captain Mohammad Yousuf and former batter Asad Shafiq, who were part of the previous setup, were retained in the committee.

Apart from that coaches Jason Gillespie and Gary Kirsten as well as red-ball captain Shan Masood and white-ball captain Babar Azam will also play integral roles in the selection.

Their first task will be to select players for the upcoming Test series against Bangladesh.

The upcoming two-match Test series against Bangladesh is scheduled to be hosted in Pakistan next month.

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