Just when it seems Pakistan is doing everything good to ensure a smooth comeback of International cricket in their backyard, a new controversy erupts. This time, James Faulkner has decided to leave Pakistan Super League in between over payment issues. The Australian cricketer tweeted that the contract has not been respected by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Speaking on the issue, Shoaib Akhtar has now spoken out in defense of the Pakistan Cricket Board and has blamed Faulkner for trying to tarnish the image of the PCB and PSL.
“The act which he did was totally uncalled for………He threw his luggage from the hotel and broke many things… He speaks of payment issue but PSL has been going on for the last 8 – 9 years and a problem like that has not been raised before by anyone” said Shoaib on his You tube channel.
James Faulkner has no right to defame Pakistan : Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib said that Faulkner’s actions could have been damaging to the PSL brand. Faulkner was the part of Quetta Gladiators and played six games before posting allegations about the non-payment of his contractual fees.
“Whatever complaints one has, they can raise it and communicate. And the players should be concerned about their contractual payments. Even we sometimes face such problems but we resolve it calmly and through communication. But what Faulkner did was unacceptable. He misbehaved with the immigration, tried to defame the PSL brand and Pakistan. James Faulkner has no right to defame Pakistan. Quetta Gladiators took you even when Hobart Hurricanes did not. (Faulkner exited the Hurricane franchise after he claimed that the offer from them was ’embarrassing’)”. said Shoaib
Australia are set to tour Pakistan after 28 years with their full-strength squad. The tour comprises of Test and ODI series and will begin from the 4th of March. Several former Pakistan cricketers have echoed similar opinions on the way Faulkner behaved.
Faulkner banned from immediate effect
The Pakistan Cricket Board and PSL have decided to ban Faulkner with immediate effect and the Australian cricketer will not be a part of the future editions of PSL.