Saturday, 13 April 2013

Umpires escape a much tougher ban

By Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: After a lengthy session of the integrity committee, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Saturday imposed four and three years ban on umpires Nadeem Ghouri and Anis Siddiqui respectively, however a source familiar with the development revealed that the two umpires had actually escaped a much server sanction. “The offence was of the serious nature and after thorough review of the hours long video evidence some members even suggested a life ban on the umpires”, said the source.
“Nadeem and Anis are educated and experienced umpires, hence instead of being involved in lengthy conversations, they should have given them a shut-up call straightaway”, added the source

Meanwhile the umpires are entitled to file an appeal against the ban within 30 days. Their appeals will be heard by PCB’s independent arbitrator.

Earlier commenting on the occasion Chairman PCB Zaka Ashraf said, "The PCB has a zero tolerance policy for corruption or indiscipline. We are committed on creating awareness amongst our players and officials with regards to the possible pitfalls, and are determined to adopt all vigilance and security parameters, which are in line with the laid out procedures of the ICC. Today's decision reiterates the commitment of the PCB to keep our great sport free of all corrupt practices", a PCB press release said.

The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif

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