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Afridi punished for sledging in India match

March 13, 2003 20:11 IST

Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been banned from playing in next month's tri-nation one-day tournament in Sharjah and also fined 50 per cent of his match fee on charges of sledging against Indian batsmen and an umpire during Pakistan's World Cup match against India in South Africa.

The punishment was handed down by the Pakistan Cricket Board Wednesday, a media release said.

Afridi was found guilty of sledging Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sewhag and also English umpire David Shepherd during the match played in Centurion on March 1.

"We received an official complaint from the International Cricket Council supported with evidence. The players were told prior to their departure for South Africa that no indiscipline will be tolerated. Unfortunately, Afridi breached the players Code of Conduct and had to be penalised," a PCB spokesman was quoted as saying.

Afridi has, however, been allowed to represent his team in the ongoing National Bank Patron's Cup one-day tournament.

The two-day meeting of the PCB decided to name the team for the Sharjah tournament on March 24 after the completion of the Patron's Cup.

"No decision on the future of the senior players has been taken as the selectors are still in discussion and would only finalise the 15-men team once they watch the matches," said PCB chief Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia.

The PCB has also not decided about the captain of the team. "Let the selectors first submit a squad of 15 and after that the captain will be picked," Zia said.

The Sharjah tournament, to be played from April 1 to 10, will have Sri Lanka and South Africa as the two other teams.

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Sub: he deserved.

Its good to hear that afridi is punished. atleast other pakistani batsman will have some moral from this. thanks to board. keep it up

Posted by vipa

Sub: Good Decision

Glad to know about the decision. It was very unplesant for us to hear the Afridi's words while watching the match along with the whole ...

Posted by Abhas

Sub: Lets maintain a decorum for playing sports, what do you think Afridi...

Its okay that having a defeat in hand against arch rivals is frustrating for pakistanis but they should blame themselves for that. Using bad words ...

Posted by Puneet

Sub: RE:Afridi Punsished for sledging

Very well said Surinder... afridi by no means is an all rounder.... the guy's a stigma to the word "all rounder". Moreover, he's not even ...

Posted by bl

Sub: RE:Afridi sledging

Only men can accept defeats, boys will always be boys!

Posted by Dinesh


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