KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board has introduced a revised code of conduct for its players in line with recommendations made by the International Cricket Council for stricter implementation of anti-corruption laws.Pakistan’s squad must sign the new code before leaving for a Twenty20, one-day and Test series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates later this month, manager Intikhab Alam said on Monday.”The new code has been prepared keeping in mind recommendations made by the ICC. There is a lot more stress on creating awareness among players about anti-corruption laws and regulations,” Alam said, adding that the new guidelines also encompassed domestic cricket in Pakistan.“We don’t want a repeat of what happened in England. I myself have given a detailed briefing to the players about the code of conduct,” he said.Three Pakistan players — Test captain Salman Butt and pace duo Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif — have been suspended by the ICC while an investigation takes place into newspaper allegations they had deliberately arranged for no-balls to be delivered at during fourth test against England at Lord’s in August.The trio, who have all denied wrongdoing, will attend an appeal hearing in Doha on Oct. 30 and 31.Alam said that he had been given increased authority by the PCB to deal with indiscipline and misconduct.
“The board has made it clear in the new code that the manager will waste no time in stamping out indiscipline in the team,” he added.Opener Shahzaib Hasan and pacer Wahab Riaz have been added to Pakistan’s Twenty20 and one-day squad to face South Africa.Pakistan will play two T20 matches, five one-dayers and two tests against South Africa from Oct. 26 as a ‘home’ series hosted by the United Arab Emirates.
Wahab, Shahzaib in squad
Meanwhile, Pakistan selectors were on Monday forced to add opener Shahzaib Hasan and paceman Wahab Riaz to their limited over squad for the series against South Africa.
Hasan, 20, was declared as the best batsman in the National Twenty20 tournament, which concluded in Lahore on Saturday, while Riaz, 25, was named the best bowler at the same event.But neither had been included in the limited over squad when it was announced beforehand.Pakistan play two Twenty20, five one-day and two Tests against South Africa starting on October 26. The series will be held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Riaz is already part of the Test team announced earlier this month.Pakistan’s chief selector Mohsin Khan said both the players have been chosen after their extra-ordinary performance.”Both Hasan and Riaz were outstanding in the Twenty20 national event so we recommended their names, which were approved by Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt,” Khan told reporters.Former Pakistan players, including Abdul Qadir, had criticized the naming of the team before the National Twenty20 event.
“Why the selectors announced the team before the Twenty20 event is hard to understand,” Qadir had said.Squad: Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahzaib Hasan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi (captain), Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Abdur Rehman, Shoaib Akhtar, Tanvir Ahmed, Zulqarnain Haide – Arabnews