Friday, June 4, 2010

PCB removes fine on captain

Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday withdrew the Rs three million fine it had slapped on captain Shahid Afridi for the ball-biting episode in Perth while the Akmal brothers — Kamran and Umar — got their penalties halved.

PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt told a news conference here that the fine on Afridi was removed after consulting with the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“We had sought clarification from the ICC on the Afridi case and have decided to end his fine,” Butt said.

He said since Afridi was banned for two matches by the ICC for his ball-tampering incident in Australia early this year, the PCB decided it shouldn’t penalise him for the same offence twice.

“That is why we have lifted the fine from him while the fines on Kamran and Umar have been reduced on advice of the appeals tribunal,” he said.

He said Kamran’s fine was now reduced to Rs 1.5 million from Rs three million and that of Umar Akmal from two million to one million rupees.

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