Pakistan ban Smoking in dressing room; Shehzad fined

Shashi / 24 November 2015

Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam has prohibited all his players from smoking in the premises of the dressing room or the ground and has insinuated them of strict action if they were found doing so, during Pakistan’s ongoing series against England at the United Arab Emirates.

The decision was issued soon after Ahmed Shehzad was fined 500 USD for smoking inside the dressing room toilet.

A source from Pakistan Cricket Board apprised that the manager had fined Shehzad of smoking in the toilet of the dressing room after catching him red-handed but did not make the event public on the insistence of the opener. But the manager ensured that strict rules were formulated to ensure that no player or staff would be allowed to smoke inside the dressing room.

Shehzad has recorded a history of disciplinary problems and is not in the good books of his coach Waqar Younis or manager Alam because of his lack of discipline and this has also been cited as one of the major issues relating to his exclusion in all of the four one-day internationals against England.

He had also recorded a serious disciplinary issue with fellow spoilt brat Umar Akmal where they scuffled during the world cup and were scorned for the same. Team Manager Cheema had not made the fiasco public but had alluded to it in his report.

Although the head coach suggested their repudiation from the team, senior team member Shahid Afridi  forced their way into the team by acting as a mediator.

Umar was also dropped from the T20 team after misbehavior with a woman at a dance bar in Hyderabad last week but was then called back after an injury made way for a player.

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