Pakistan board bans Shoaib for five years

April 1st, 2008 - 8:32 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, April 1 (IANS) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Tuesday banned feisty fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar for five years for repeated violations of code of conduct for players. PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf told reporters here that the disciplinary committee had recommended the five-year ban, which the board accepted. He, however, said Shoaib may appeal the ruling.

“He can’t play for Pakistan or anywhere in Pakistan, but he can play in the Indian Premier League on which we he have no jurisdiction,” Ashraf said.

The PCB has let off leg-spinner Danish Kaneria with a reprimand for criticising the board’s policies.

Akhtar had faced the disciplinary committee in February after being charged with publicly criticising the board over his retainership.

He was already on two years’ probation for hitting Mohammad Asif with a bat before the start of the World Twenty20 championships in South Africa in 2007.

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