Shahid Afridi all set to cop it
After Herschelle Gibbs last month
, it is now Shahid Afridi's turn to incur the wrath of ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed.
Shahid Afridi was not reported by the umpires after he waved his bat angrily at a spectator after being dismissed in the opening one-day game at Centurion. The ICC said that it couldn't do a thing since no one had complained
. Speed then acted as befitted his name
Afridi is now charged with committing a Level 3 offence
, which could result in him being banned for 2-4 tests or 4-8 one-dayers if found guilty.
Given that Pakistan have 3 more one-dayers to go before the World Cup begins, my guess is that the ICC will not
hit Pakistan hard. The ICC obviously won't admit it, but it will remember how Pakistan made a mockery of the game at the Oval
and the danger that such a thing could recur.
What's going to happen is that Afridi will get a 4 ODI ban. Pakistan will appeal, and even if the ban is be reduced to 2 ODIs, it would still would mean that he won't play in the tournament opener, against the hosts
. That is, assuming the PCB doesn't hastily arrange for a warm-up series against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. The other compromise could be Afridi being banned for a few tests, which Pakistan wouldn't mind at all, hoping that they could cross the bridge when they got to it.
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