Pakistan’s decision to drop Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal from the 15-man squad announced for the upcoming Champions Trophy is being crticized by some experts. The analysts are going to blame the decision if Pakistan fail to perform in the biggest tournament of the year. However, the axing of the duo seems justifiable to an extent, given their performances, but the Pakistan Cricket Board has raised many eyebrows after denying the No Objection Certificate (NOC) to both the players for taking part in the Sharjah Sixes 2013.

[caption id="attachment_1067" align="alignright" width="300"]Action may be taken against Shahid Afridi for playing without an NOC (Photo: AP) Action may be taken against Shahid Afridi for playing without an NOC (Photo: AP)[/caption]

Earlier, a report said that Afirdi and Akmal would participate in Sharjah Sixes tournament. The tournament has started from May 20 and will continue till June 01. It has been confirmed that Afridi has reached the UAE but on the other hand PCB has said that players cannot take part in private tournaments. Afridi may get into hot water as he has played a match in the event without an NOC.

Cricnama has learnt that the Pakistani all-rounder has played in Ajman Cricket Tournament for Dubai Lions and scored 38 runs. Because Afridi did not have an NOC, he can be charged for violating the code of conduct. The PCB has not yet hinted for any action to be taken against him.

Afridi has been recently awarded ‘Category A’ in the central contract. The 'honour' seems quite surprising for a player representing the national team in only one format of the game.

Apart from Akmal and Afridi, Hammad Azam, Rana Naveed-ul-Hassan, Haris Sohail and other Pakistani players are participating in the tournament. The tournament is being held under the auspices of the Sharjah Cricket Council. Pakistan’s former captain and coach Waqar Younis is the tournament’s brand ambassador.
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