Pakistan cricket in big trouble



"PCB in its first ever major crackdown against players
power and in a firm move to enforce discipline imposing life ban"

Pakistan Cricket Board has imposed ban for life on Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf Wednesday. Heavy fines have been decided some other cricketers including Shahid Afridi, Shaoib Malik, Rana Naveed-ul Hasan, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal.

Rs 3 million fine is for Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal and Rs 2 million fine is for Rana Naveed, Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal. The PCB inquiry committee was given recommendations to take stren action against the players. Read full story

You can't hand out such severe punishments to players of the caliber of Yousuf and Younus Khan," Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq criticised the board for the speed of its response.

Former Pakistan test captain Ramiz Raja said the national team needed certain direction on discipline, but felt barring players from international competition was extreme. Our main problem was discipline, but barring players, I am not sure, it doesn't look nice to just end the international careers of such talented players."

This is the first time in Pakistan cricket history that the Board has taken such strong disciplinary action against so many players at one time. Why was action not taken earlier against these players? why did the board keep quiet for so long when the team was on tour? I think the PCB should have fined both Yousuf and Younis like they did to the others and set an example for other players, but banning them is a bit harsh to me.

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