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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

PCB warns Wahab Riaz and Asad Shafiq for logging on to Twitter

The Pakistan Cricket board (PCB) has issued warnings to two of their players, fast bowler Wahab Riaz and batsman Asad Shafiq for logging on to the social networking website ‘Twitter’ during the ongoing tour of the Caribbean.

A PCB source stated; "Wahab (Riaz) had even posted some pictures of the Pakistan team bus on the social networking site which have now been removed."

According to the PCB, Shafiq has also infringed the rules set up by the board, getting involved in Twitter activities.

The team management has rebuked both players for infringing their central contracts which strictly prohibit such actions.

As per the new conditions of the central contract, Pakistani players can’t use social networking sites on tours.

"Since it was their first offence they were reprimanded but if they do it again they will face heavy fines and may be suspension from some matches," the source added.

Riaz and Shafiq have cemented their place in the team, performing exceptionally well since they joined the national side.

Riaz has been right on the money, reversing the old ball and generating toes breaking yorkers, he has performed as the main attack bowler for Pakistan in the absence of Umar Gul.

Wahab produced a magical spell against India in the semi final of the ICC World Cup. He bagged his first International five-wicket haul in the match, dismissing Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvraj, Zaheer Khan and Indian skipper, Dhoni.

Shafiq on the other hand has been technically sound with his batting, he has given strength to the Pakistani middle order which was left brittle in the absence of Mohammad Yousaf and Younis Khan.

However, the PCB has tightened the noose, not compromising on disciplinary grounds even if it involves influential players.

The board has introduced some strict clauses in the new central contracts, the players are not allowed to speak to the press without prior permission of the team management. Moreover, they have to get approval of the board before signing up with agents.

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