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James Faulkner quits PSL over contract dispute, accuses Pakistan Cricket Board of ‘lies’


New Delhi: Australian cricketer James Faulkner has left the Pakistani Super League (PSL) abruptly, leaving his team – the Quetta Gladiators – in deep trouble. Faulkner alleged that he was forced out because he was not paid on time and Pakistani officials lied to him throughout the tournament.

The feud between Faulkner and PCB became public when the cricketer tweeted on Saturday that he would withdraw from PSL’s last two matches because the Pakistan Cricket Board failed to honor his contractual agreement. “I’ve been here all this time and they kept lying to me,” he said.

Faulkner further stated that it “hurts” him to leave because his reason for joining Pakistan’s own version of the T20 league was “to bring international cricket back to Pakistan because there is so much young talent and the fans are amazing. “.

ESPN reported that Faulkner threw his bat and helmet at a hotel chandelier after a heated discussion with a PCB official. Faulkner had played six PSL games this season and taken six wickets while scoring 49 runs.

He has become the latest cricketer to sever ties with Pakistan, adding to the country’s setbacks as it tries to regain its footing as an important destination for world cricket.

Last year New Zealand and England canceled tours in Pakistan for security reasons.

After New Zealand canceled their Pakistan tour, Dawn cited a PCB official said: “This is a blow to the efforts of the PCB, government and security agencies to fully restore international cricket in Pakistan”.

31 years Faulkner is a versatile right-handed bowling batsman with a medium-fast left-arm bowling style. He also played in Indian Premier League with Gujarat Lions. Faulkner was the first Australian to win five wickets against Pakistan in the 2016 T20 World Cup tournament.

“Imprehensible behavior, gross negligence”

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the PSL Quetta Gladiators franchise have, however, issued a joint statement On Saturday, he denied Faulkner’s allegations and said the Australian cricketer would never compete in PSL tournaments in the future.

“The PCB and Quetta Gladiators are disappointed and appalled by the misconduct of Mr. 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 the utmost respect,” the statement read.

“During the seven years of the HBL Pakistan Super League, no player has ever complained about non-compliance with PCB contractual obligations,” the statement added.

The statement further stated that before leaving Pakistan, Faulkner had “caused willful damage to hotel property and as a result had to pay damages to the hotel management. The PCB later also received reports and complaints from immigration authorities that Mr. Faulkner had acted inappropriately and abusively at the airport.

The PCB said it viewed Faulkner’s ‘serious misconduct’ as an attempt to throw Pakistani cricket and its administration ‘into disrepute’, adding there had been a unanimous decision by the PCB and all franchises to exclude Faulkner from any future HBL Pakistan Super League events. .

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