Afridi, Akmal may face action for criticising selection decisions

Updated: July 7, 2013, 9:01 PM IST
Afridi, Akmal may face action for criticising selection decisions

Karachi: Just-recalled Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi and batsman Umar Akmal along with former skipper Shoaib Malik, who was dropped from the national side for the West Indies tour, could be reprimanded by PCB for criticising the selection decisions in media.

Afridi, Akmal and Malik criticised PCB on selection decisions and a board source said that the statements of all three players were being examined to see if they had violated the clauses in the players' code of conduct.

"No player is supposed to criticise the selectors, management or board officials and we are presently reviewing their statements to see if they have broken the code of conduct," the source said.

Malik, who was axed from the West Indian tour after showing indifferent form in the Champions Trophy, told reporters that he didn't deserve to be dropped from the national side.

"I don't think it is fair that you drop a player after just one or two series. A player must be given a full and proper run to prove himself. Anyone can have a bad time in a series or two," Malik said here.

"I don't think I deserved to be dropped because I had performed reasonably well in South Africa and had three bad matches in the Champions Trophy," he said.

Malik feels his form has been affected ever since he was asked to bat lower down the order and said now he has decided to bat in the top four whether he plays for Pakistan or domestic cricket.

"I prefer to bat in the top four and that is what I am going to do from now on," Malik said.

First Published: July 7, 2013, 9:01 PM IST

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