Lahore: Unmoved by the notice served to him by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), blunt former Pakistan Test cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz said he could not stop speaking against the board, whose incompetent officials are playing havoc with cricket.
“If I am a part of PCB, it doesn’t mean I am their slave and therefore would not speak against their devastating policies. I will always speak my heart out for cricket,” Sarfraz Nawaz told arysports.tv.
PCB has served a notice to Sarfraz for breaching its code of conduct by giving interviews against PCB officials to media.
PCB has told Sarfraz in a notice that he has made statements regarding PCB officials, ‘which are false, malicious and defamatory’.
“These actions are in clear violation of the terms and conditions of your appointment as a Cricket Consultant for Zone-4,” the PCB notice added. “Moreover, in breach of your contract you have failed to seek permission in writing from the PCB before interacting with media,” PCB notice said according to media reports.
“In view of the above violations, you are hereby required to explain in writing within a period of seven days as to why your contract as Cricket Consultant should not be terminated with immediate effect and why the PCB should not avail other legal remedies.”
“I am ready for a legal battle with PCB,” said an adamant Sarfraz. “I had already been planning to take the board in Islamabad High Court since they have stopped the stipends after my interviews appeared. Najam Sethi (PCB Board member and Executive Committee chief) requested me not to go to the court and he would resolve the issue,” Sarfraz added.
Sarfraz further said that he could not keep mum while incompetent PCB officials are destroying cricket.
“The board should first tell the already frustrated nation for selecting a bizarre team. Moreover, Shaharyar Khan has been following a dual policy. He first said he would make sure tainted players like Mohammad Amir would not make it to the national squad. But now he has changed his stance on him. Why?” questioned Sarfraz.
Sarfraz had also criticized and accused board members for joy-riding. “The board members have planned to tour New Zealand and Australia in two groups. One group would go first and the other would go after the first group returns. Instead of spending on joy-riding of their board members, PCB should extend players’ contracts.”
“The notice is yet to reach me but I welcome the notice and will be ready for a legal battle,” Sarfraz said confidently.