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Afridi to face discipline committee

LAHORE, Pakistan, June 3- The Pakistan Cricket Board Thursday summoned former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi to appear before a disciplinary committee next week for breaching its code of conduct, it said in a statement.

Afridi quit international cricket on Monday, saying he was dejected after being replaced as one-day captain following a fiery clash with coach Waqar Younis.

"A three-man committee comprising of Shafiq Ahmed, Sultan Rana and Usman Wahla has been formed and Afridi has been summoned on June 8 to appear before it," said the PCB statement.

The proceedings will be conducted in closed session and no outsiders will be allowed to attend, the PCB said, adding that there would be a right of appeal from the committee’s findings.

The PCB on Tuesday suspended Afridi’s central contract and revoked all his permissions to play cricket abroad.

The administrator’s chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed said: "It is painful for us to get involved in a dispute with a cricketer who has been the national team captain until the West Indies series 2011.

"There are numerous contributions by Afridi to Pakistan cricket. But I think people need to understand that this is purely a disciplinary issue," he added."As the body managing cricket in the country we are duty bound to maintain discipline at all levels.

"We will ensure that Afridi is given every opportunity to express and defend himself and as such the disciplinary process has been clearly spelt out to avoid any ambiguities," said Ahmed.

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Pakistani media Thursday speculated Afridi will be fined five million rupees ($59,000) and banned for 15 months.

If the prediction is fulfilled it would be the second-heaviest punishment ever on a Pakistani cricketer, following a seven million rupee fine and 13 one-day match ban on paceman Shoaib Akhtar in 2007.

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