PCB softens stand on Shoaib, Kaneria, to give a week's time more to respond

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Lahore, Mar 27 : Apparently softening its stand, the PCB's disciplinary committee is all set to give an extra week to Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria for responding to charges of misconduct levelled against them.

PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf said the committee wanted to give them a fair hearing.

PCB governing board member Munir Hafeez said the committee was not in a hurry to reach a decision. "No ex-parte decision will be given against them. Even if it takes an extra week we would like to hear out both players before reaching a decision," the Daily Times quoted Hafeez as saying.

The governing body had last week authorised the committee to take a decision on the charges made against the two bowlers of violating some clauses of the players' code of conduct.

Shoaib also faces charges of spoiling dressing room atmosphere of the Federal Areas team which he captained in the Pentangular Cup tournament on the basis of a report made by the team's manager and coach.

The Board has charged both players with speaking out publicly against the Board policies.

ANI

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