Shoaib Akhtar banned for five years
In a dramatic decision, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced that Shoaib Akhtar had been banned for 5 years
for violating the players' code of conduct, a document that I'm unable to locate on the PCB website
As per the ICC code of conduct
, a ban of 2-5 years is imposed on a player in the following situations:
- Betting on a game/series where the player/his team was a participant.
- Tried to sweet-talk someone else into betting.
- Gambled on a game/event.
- Tried to sweet-talk someone else into gambling.
- Received money/benefit/rewards for providing weather, team and pitch information.
- Received money/benefit/rewards and thus brought the game into disrepute.
- Provided money/benefit/rewards and thus brought the game into disrepute.
- Was approached to bet/gamble/provide information but didn't disclose the event to designated staff.
- Is aware of another player doing so but didn't report to the designated staff.
Was Shoaib's offense more severe than the above? Now, he cannot play for Pakistan or in Pakistan. Does this mean he will stick to the IPL? His fee is $425,000. Given the number of times he gets injured, he is unlikely to earn that full amount.
Perhaps the ICL is a better prospect, especially for a guaranteed income. In addition, the IPL is played in a very limited period of time (April-May). If Akhtar wants to play cricket for a longer duration, the ICL is a better place to display his wares.
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