The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday banned all-rounder Shoaib Malik for one Test and fined him 75 percent of his match-fee of the first two one-day internationals to be played in West Indies.
The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday banned all-rounder Shoaib Malik for one Test and fined him 75 percent of his match-fee of the first two one-day internationals to be played in West Indies for deliberately throwing a match of the recently concluded Twenty20 Cup Cricket Tournament.
The action was taken on the recommendations of an inquiry committee comprising Haroon Rashid, Shafiq Ahmad Papa and Asghar Ali Haider. Shoaib, who captained Sialkot Stallions, openly confessed to a TV commentator for deliberately throwing a match of Twenty20 Cup last week against Karachi Zebras in protest after his team was penalised for a slow over rate in another match.
“What he did was bad for Pakistan cricket and we have banned him for one Test and he will pay a 75 percent match-fee fine whenever he next plays for Pakistan,” a PCB spokesman said yesterday. “Shoaib and his Sialkot regional team, management and coach have also been reprimanded for their irresponsibility in manipulating match result,” added PCB director Abbas Zaidi.
Shoaib, currently playing in Abu Dhabi, was initially fined Rs 10,000 by match referee Rizwan Khatib for admitting the offense in television comments, and was asked to appear before an inquiry committee. “What he did was in the spur of the moment. It was not pre-determined nor were there any financial implications like match-fixing for money.
The inquiry committee also took into account that Shoaib publicly apologised for his action and that he had an unblemished record of conduct during his career.” Abbas Zaidi said the board hoped its stance would prevent similar acts of misconduct from happening in future as they were detrimental to the sport.
Pakistan cricket has been tainted by match-fixing allegations in the past with former captain Salim Malik banned for life and several others fined after an inquiry, including current skipper Inzamamul Haq and now-retired Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.
Shoaib’s team was chasing 176 to win and needed only 20 off the last three overs, but ended at 171-3, losing by four runs. Shoaib’s decision helped Karachi Zebras earn a place in the triangular stage of the event but the PCB declared the result of the match null and void, eliminating both teams from the second stage.
Pakistan launched its first ever Twenty20 Cup, in which each team plays a 20 over innings, after similar events were a big success in England, Australia and South Africa. Faisalabad won the inaugural Twenty20 Cup on Saturday night.
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