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Afridi to face PCB conduct hearing

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have summoned former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi to appear before a disciplinary committee next week for breaching its code of conduct.

Afridi quit international cricket on Monday, saying he was dejected after being replaced as one-day captain following a fiery clash with coach Waqar Younis.

“A three-man committee comprising of Shafiq Ahmed, Sultan Rana and Usman Wahla has been formed and Afridi has been summoned on June 8 to appear before it,” said the PCB on Thursday.

The proceedings will be conducted in closed session and no outsiders will be allowed to attend, the PCB said, adding that there would be a right of appeal from the committee’s findings.

The PCB on Tuesday suspended Afridi’s central contract and revoked his rights to play abroad.

The administrator’s chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed said: “It is painful for us to get involved in a dispute with a cricketer who has been the national team captain until the West Indies series 2011.

“There are numerous contributions by Afridi to Pakistan cricket. But I think people need to understand that this is purely a disciplinary issue,” he added.

“As the body managing cricket in the country we are duty bound to maintain discipline at all levels.

“We will ensure that Afridi is given every opportunity to express and defend himself and as such the disciplinary process has been clearly spelt out to avoid any ambiguities,” said Ahmed.

Pakistani media speculated on Thursday that Afridi will be fined Rs5m (Dh227,000) and banned for 15 months.

If confirmed, it would be the second-heaviest sanction ever handed to a Pakistani cricketer.

Paceman Shoaib Akhtar was handed a Rs7m fine (Dh318,000) and 13 one-day match ban in 2007 after a fight with team-mate and fellow fast bowler Mohammad Asif.

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