Ban on Shoaib unjustified, PCB chief should be sacked: Baig

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Lahore, Apr 14 (UNI) Criticising the PCB's verdict on controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, a key member of Pakistani senate committee on sports said the five-year ban imposed on the speedster was unjustified and has demanded the termination of board chief Nasim Ashraf.

''The committee called up officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Akhtar and the meeting lasted for three hours and we feel that some people have settled their scores by banning Akhtar,'' Enver Baig, a member of the committee, told reporters.

Earlier this month Akhtar was banned for five years on charges of violating the players' code of conduct by publicly criticising the PCB and its policies.

''We have analysed the charges on Akhtar and criticising the PCB was not as big a crime that he was banned for five years,'' Baig added.

The 'Rawalpindi Express' was already on a two-year probation period for hitting fellow paceman Mohammad Asif with the bat just a few days before the start of the Twenty20 World Cup in September last year.

The 32-year-old pacer was later dropped from the list of 15 players who were awarded central contracts by the PCB.

Baig further demanded that the new government should look in to the cricketing matters of the country and added that the incumbent PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf should be terminated from his services.

''The cricket administration needs a revamp because they are not professionals and they have damaged Pakistan cricket,'' said Baig, a member of Pakistan People's Party, which leads the coalition government.

Meanwhile, Akhtar is hopeful that the ban will be lifted and he would get the justice.

''I hope that the appellate committee do justice on my appeal and the Senate committee also takes up the matter further in my support,'' Akhtar told reporters.

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