The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and
Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises on Saturday unanimously decided to not
draft Australia’s James Faulkner in future tournaments due to his “gross
misconduct”.

Faulkner had earlier today accused PCB
of not fulfilling contractual obligations, which the board, in a short
statement, termed as “false” and “misleading”.

Later, in a detailed press release from
PCB and Quetta Gladiators, the board said it had taken serious note of
Faulkner’s “gross misconduct” and termed it an attempt to bring the
PCB, Pakistan cricket, and the PSL into disrepute.

“…it has been unanimously agreed
by the PCB and the franchises that Mr James Faulkner will not be drafted in
future HBL Pakistan Super League events,” the statement said.

“The PCB and Quetta Gladiators are
disappointed and dismayed with the reprehensible behavior of James Faulkner,
who was also part of the Abu Dhabi-leg of the HBL Pakistan Super League in
2021, and, along with all participants, has always been treated with utmost
respect,” the statement said.

The PCB said in the last seven years of
PSL, no player has ever complained about the board not fulfilling its contractual
obligations.

It noted that all have only praised and
appreciated the efforts of the PCB to make their stay, appearance and
participation as comfortable as practically possible. 

The PCB, without going into the history of
Faulkner’s misconduct over the past many years that had also resulted in his
fallout with other teams, provided a brief summary of some of the
“undisputed facts”:

  • In December
    2021, Faulkner’s agent confirmed the United Kingdom bank details to which
    his fee payments should be transferred. This was noted for action.
  • In January
    2022, for reasons best known to Faulkner, his agent sent revised banking
    details of his onshore account in Australia. However, the contracted 70%
    of Faulkner’s fee payment was transferred to his offshore UK bank account.
    The receipt of this payment was acknowledged by him.
  • Accordingly,
    his payments as per his contract are fully up to date.
  • The remaining
    30% of his contractual payment only becomes due 40 days after the
    completion of the PSL 2022, which now remains a matter to be reviewed in
    line with his contract.
  • Despite the
    money being transferred and received in his account, Faulkner continued to
    insist that a second duplicate payment of the same amount be made to his
    account in Australia. This meant Faulkner would have been paid twice.
  • He further
    threatened and refused to participate in his side’s match against Multan
    Sultans on Friday afternoon until his money demands were met.
  • The PCB, as a
    responsible organisation, engaged with Faulkner early Friday afternoon in
    an attempt to reason with him. Despite his reprehensible and insulting
    behavior during the conversation, Faulkner was assured that all his
    grievances would be addressed.
  • He refused to
    reconsider his decision to take the field in a crucial match for his side,
    let his team down and demanded that his travel arrangements be immediately
    made.
  • During this
    time, the PCB was also in constant contact with his agent, who was
    regretful and apologetic.
  • Prior to his
    departure on Saturday morning, Faulkner caused deliberate damage to the
    hotel property and as a result had to pay damages to the hotel management.
  • The
    PCB later received reports and complaints from the immigration authorities
    that Faulkner had acted inappropriately and abusively at the airport.

Faulkner’s
allegations

Earlier today, the Quetta Gladiators’ all-rounder pulled
out from the ongoing PSL and blamed the PCB for not “honouring” his
“contractual agreement”.

The Australian cricketer apologised to the Pakistani
cricket fans for his withdrawal from the team’s last two matches — against
Multan Sultans on Friday and tomorrow’s fixture against Karachi Kings.

“I apologise to the Pakistan cricket fans. But,
unfortunately, I’ve had to withdraw from the last 2 matches and leave the PSL
due to the PCB not honouring my contractual agreement/payments,” he said
in a tweet.

Faulkner blamed the cricket board for
continuing to “lie” to him despite his full-time presence in the
tournament.

The Australian all-rounder said it
“hurts” to leave as he wanted to “help” get international
cricket back in Pakistan.

“It hurts to leave as I wanted to
help to get international cricket back in Pakistan as there is so much young
talent and the fans are amazing,” Faulkner said.

He claimed that despite his attempts to
do so, the treatment he received from the PCB and the management of the PSL had
been a “disgrace”.

“I’m sure you all understand my
position,” he added.

Alcohol
consumption

Meanwhile, sources informed Geo News that Faulkner had
damaged the property of the hotel the PSL teams were residing in and was also
demanding additional money from the Gladiators.

“Before departure and under the influence of
alcohol, he damaged PC hotel’s property and had to pay damages at the time of
check-out,” the sources said.

Action
against Faulkner?

Geo News also reached out to PCB
officials to ask why did they refrain from taking action against the
all-rounder, to which, well-placed sources in the board said: “We did not
take action as he was a guest.”

The cricketer could have been punished under
two separate sections — 353, and 427, of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

Section
427:

Whoever commits mischief and thereby causes loss or
damage to the amount of fifty rupees or upwards, shall be punished with
imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or
with fine, or with both.

Section
353:

Whoever assaults or uses criminal force to any person
being a public servant in the execution of his duty as such public servant, or
with intent to prevent or deter that person from discharging his duty as such
public servant, or in consequence of anything done or attempted to be done by
such person in the lawful discharge of his duty as such public servant, shall
be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend
to two years, or with fine, or with both. 

James Faulkner’s PSL 2022 performance

Faulkner has not been up to his best in this edition of
the PSL for Quetta Gladiators.

The all-rounder has failed to deliver with the ball and
has bowled some expensive spells.

In the last match against Islamabad United, he gave away
47 runs and took two wickets.

He has taken only five wickets in six matches for the
Gladiators, while with the bat, he has 49 runs in six matches.

Faulkner’s best performance came against Multan Sultans,
where he took a wicket at the expense of 22 runs and scored 30 runs.

 

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2022-02-19

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